Want to take maximum points in the last three games: Chennaiyin FC's Thomas Brdaric
Chennaiyin FC head coach Thomas Brdaric expressed that the team wants to take the maximum points in the last three games as the Marina Machans host East Bengal FC in the latest fixture of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai on Sunday.
Chennaiyin FC have virtually no hopes hopes of reaching the playoffs after Brdaric's men lost the crucial encounter against Kerala Blasters FC in the last round of fixtures. East Bengal FC sit in the ninth position in the Hero ISL points table just two points shy of Chennaiyin FC in the eighth position.
In the reverse fixture, it was Chennaiyin FC who took the three points home with a solitary goal win in November. Bradric called on his team to learn from their actions and focus to take the maximum points in the last three games.
"I want to take the maximum points all the time. Of course, sometimes we neglect discipline and make individual mistakes but this happens in football when you're building a team with new and young players you've to accept the outcome. We have to work and learn from our actions, that's why we still have objectives. We continue with the efforts that I want to see from my players and everything is clear. We have three matches left and we want to take the maximum points and that is our target," Brdaric said in the official pre-match press conference.
The Marina Machans are in the fourth position in the goalscoring charts in the Hero ISL this season with Brdaric's men scoring 28 goals in 17 league matches. Chennaiyin FC head coach expressed his views on the offensive style of play for Chennaiyin FC and how the team needs to be more disciplined and structured.
"We score goals and this is something that the fans appreciate. We want to play offensive football but we have to be more active when we don't have the ball, we have to be more disciplined and structured. We need to be more stable and robust in defending and we're working on that, it's not enough but I've strict plans for the next matches on how we can improve," Bradric said.
Chennaiyin FC are yet to register a win in the last eight matches. The Marina Machans have earned five points in the last eight matches. Bradric stated that the team wants to play offensive football and the identity of the club is very clear.
"The identity is clear that we want to play offensive football and we need a good balance in our game, we are still able to score and everybody is working better in defending. The mindset in our physical preparations is to give more effort and give our best and this is visible in the last few weeks. The team will be changed in some positions, we always try to bring very good players and support them," he said.
Despite the team falling out of the playoffs race and going through an underwhelming season, the fans have backed Chennaiyin FC from the first match to the last one. Brdaric showed gratitude for the fans and thanked the fans for supporting the team in the tough periods.
"I want to thank the fans and the people around us, they support us all the time. I have a big appreciation for them and this helps to go through tough spells. I know how important it is to have the support and I love them," Brdaric concluded.
Bradric was accompanied by goalkeeper Samik Mitra in the pre-match press conference. Mitra has secured his place in the playing XI replacing Debit Majumder in the goal. The 22-year-old have featured in seven league games so far in the season and talked about his patience to wait for the opportunity to arrive and how the team wants to give their best for the fans.
"Every day I waited but I have to be ready every day to play till the time the opportunity arrives. It's disappointing that we are not in the playoffs now but the efforts are still the same, as a team and as a club, we want to improve and keep going. We want to give everything and best for the fans till the end of the season," Mitra said in the pre-match press conference.
Mitra has 19 saves to his name in seven matches while managing one clean sheet along the way. The goalkeeper stated how the players are analysing their mistakes and working to improve them.
"We analyse what were our mistakes, be it individual errors or maybe a unit error, we analyse and we try to make it right. As a team we will surely improve on that," he concluded.