We are thinking about the first position on the league table: ATK Mohun Bagan’s Juan Ferrando
ATK Mohun Bagan earned three massive points in their race to the top four after a 2-0 victory over Bengaluru FC at the PJN Stadium in Goa. This result takes them to within a point of first-placed Hyderabad FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table.
ATKMB Head Coach Juan Ferrando was delighted with his side’s display but was also looking ahead to their remaining games of the season. Two goals in the dying embers of each half from Liston Colaco and Manvir Singh were enough for the Mariners to get all three points from the game.
Juan Ferrando addressed the media after the game. Here are some excerpts from his press conference:
The win takes you a step closer to the semi-finals. How does it feel?
The thinking tonight is to the next game on Thursday. We have two days to prepare for the game because that is important for us. I'm happy because the supporters of the club are happy but for us, it's our job to put focus on our game.
You have had problems with injuries. So, how do you feel about the players stepping up?
I think it's very difficult. I repeat all the time that cases of covid, no training, quarantines are difficult but for all the teams that is the same. I'm happy because everybody tries to do their best in difficult moments. I'm happy for the attitude of everybody, the character but to be honest all the teams were in quarantine and not training. Of course, in my case, it was very difficult because I had no time in the pre-season with this team because I joined in December.
Do you think it is easier for you because your rivals face each other in their remaining games?
To be honest now after the match against Odisha FC it depends on us to win against Chennaiyin FC and try to win against Jamshedpur FC because in this case maybe we can lose energy in both games. In the end, it depends on what happens between Mumbai-Hyderabad and Hyderabad-Jamshedpur, we'll see what happens. Of course, cross our fingers for us because we are thinking about the first position. But to be honest, I think it's necessary to think in our games to take six points, and then we'll see what happens.
Anything on the injuries you have or the unavailable players?
We'll see. Now we need time. I know the medical staff and fitness coach are working so hard. But we know it is a difficult moment for everybody. But also, I think it's a good moment to talk about Lenny, Tangri, Liston, Kiyan, everybody is helping the team so I'm happy for this moment.