We had lot of chances to win the match today: ATK Mohun Bagan’s Juan Ferrando
ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Juan Ferrando was feeling disappointed after his side’s 1-1 draw with Mumbai City FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the PJN Stadium in Margao. Goa on Thursday.
The Mariners took an early lead in the game with a goal from David Williams in the 9th minute but MCFC equalised the score following an own goal by Pritam Kotal.
This result takes the Islanders up the Hero ISL table to 6th and within a point of the semi-final spots. While ATKMB remain in 5th place, level on points with 3rd-placed Kerala Blasters FC, on the basis of their goal difference.
Juan Ferrando addressed the media after the game.
Here are some excerpts from his press conference:
An unlucky result today, do you think conceding the own goal decided the outcome of the game?
Today, in my opinion, we had a lot of problems. You have chances to get three points and then, we don't get three points. It is a problem. The own goal is okay but, I think we have a lot of chances to win the game today.
What could have been done better tonight?
At the moment, to be honest, it's difficult to prepare the line-up, I think like all the teams. We have a lot of injured players and Liston Colaco plays for the first time after 15 days. It's very difficult but when the team tries to play and press and they continue on this line, for me, I'm very happy but to be honest, it is a pleasure when the players, in difficult circumstances like all the clubs, try to work and it is necessary to support them.
How encouraging is the return of Joni Kauko?
We'll see. Yesterday was his first training and today was the first 35 or 40 minutes. So, it's not good because the risk of injury now for Joni is very high especially, when the players are in their rooms and not training but, there is a similar problem with all the clubs.
How long before we can see Sandesh Jhingan introduced into the team?
The same for him and now it’s his pre-season for us. It is very important to not take a risk with new injuries. Now he is training and, of course, is not working 100% because we have no time to work with all the team. He's in a squad because he's working with a team. It's like pre-season now, I hope to introduce him in some moments of the game, but the intensity is very high and it's necessary to protect him.
You play Hyderabad FC, who are the in-form team in the league. How do you plan against them?
I have a plan of course but I cannot talk about it because it's my plan and my intention is to try and prepare the plan for the next game.