We dropped two clear points today: Bengaluru FC’s Marco Pezzaiuoli on SC East Bengal draw

Bengaluru FC head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli rued missed chances in the second half as they drew 1-1 against bottom club SC East Bengal in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) on Tuesday.

The Blues came from behind to secure a point against SC East Bengal but should have walked home with all three as they missed a number of chances in the second half, most notably from Sunil Chhetri who is yet to score a goal this season.

Pezzaiuoli addressed the media after the match.

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

Are you disappointed to drop two points today?

Of course, we lost two points. We played against a team that was defending very deep and that's usually difficult. And against a team like this it's important to not concede an early goal but we conceded an early goal and it made it more difficult. But we came back again and in the second half we played well. We had a one-on-one chance but we didn't score.

Why do you think the team couldn't carry forward the momentum from the last match?

I think we made one mistake on a set-piece and we scored just one goal in 90 minutes. Sometimes you need luck inside the box and we didn't have that today to score one more goal more than the opponent.

You seem very animated with Chhetri during the water break. Can you tell me what the conversation was about?

I wanted Sunil (Chhetri) to invest more off the ball. When you just stand it makes it easy for the opponents to defend and when you have movement it causes the defence problems. That's what I wanted him to do.

How long will it take to have Sunil Chhetri back in the starting XI?

I don't want to talk about Sunil. The team lost two points and Sunil is one of our players. He is an important player. It depends on the situation. Today I was thinking of starting him but then I had to take one of Cleiton Silva, Udanta Singh or Prince Ibara off and they had played well in the last match and that's why I didn't decide to change. I also wanted to use his energy from the bench like the last match. He had a great chance to score today in the second half.

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