We didn’t play well today, our opponent outclassed us: Chennaiyin FC’s Bozidar Bandovic

Chennaiyin FC head coach Bozidar Bandovic was disappointed with his team’s performance after losing 3-0 to Kerala Blasters in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco da Gama, Goa on Wednesday.

Jorge Diaz (9’) gave KBFC the lead before Sahal Abdul Samad (38’) doubled the advantage and then the final nail to the coffin came in from Adrian Luna (79’), as he scored his first goal of the season.

This is the second defeat for Marina Machans in the Hero ISL, while with this win Kerala Blasters FC rose to third place in the points table.

Bandovic addressed the media after the game.

Here are the excerpts from his post-match press conference:

Did you underestimate the opponents tonight?

Of course not. We did know, that there are some teams that are very good. But of course, we as a team didn't play well and the opponent showed more confidence and outclassed us, especially after scoring three goals. But I think we are the ones that didn't play well.

Now your team has conceded 5 goals in 3 matches, what do you think is the reason behind the defense's lapses?

Of course, the first goal was an open goal, from an open ball. The second goal came when we were under the pressure. Throughout the game we were very stable in the defense today,  we didn't press the ball well,  we lost all the 50-50 chances. Even in attacking we had a bad day today maybe we can say that the second half was a little better but this is not enough to win the game.

Are there any positives that you can take from this game?

Of course, there is a positive for that, we know that now for every game we need to be at our 100%. I need to say that, I was waiting for my team to get fresh because we playing games in a very short time.  This was our fourth game, but still, this is no excuse because we should play better. We showed in previous games that what we are capable of, it just today wasn’t our day.

Does the long break before the next game helps?

Yes, of course, it helps to recover the players. Because we had four games in a very short time. And like I said, I was expecting players to not to be fresh, but this isn’t the excuse for not playing well. This break will help us to recover and to put the team together. And will try to win the next game.

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