We have to keep improving and try to come back stronger in the next season: Odisha FC’s Kino Garcia

Odisha FC head coach Kino Garcia was dejected after losing 5-1 against table-toppers Jamshedpur FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Friday.

Daniel Chima Chukwu (23', 26') scored a first-half brace to take his season's tally to nine goals before Paul Ramfangzauva (45+1') pulled one back for Odisha FC. However, goals from Ritwik Das (54'), Jordan Murray (71'), and Ishan Pandita (87') ensured a sixth consecutive win for Owen Coyle's men.

This win takes Jamshedpur FC three points clear of ATK Mohun Bagan, whom they are going to face in the final league game of the season. On the other hand, Odisha FC, with 23 points from 20 games, end their season placed eighth on the table.

Garcia addressed the media after the game. Here are some excerpts from his press conference:

Are you disappointed to finish your campaign with a 5-1 defeat?

For us, it was really disappointing to finish the season like that. We made some changes but we expected to compete in a better way against Jamshedpur FC. In the second half, we started good 2-1 we had a clear chance to draw the game. Then we conceded the third goal and after that, we were with ten players. So, it was a tough game for us.

You spoke about going down to ten men. Was that a moment of madness from Jonathas Cristian?

Of course, he's professional, he knows that he cannot do that. He knew about the situation. Even a referee can make a mistake and you have to control yourself. You have to forget about these things. Because we cannot control the situation if the referee makes a mistake.

How would you rate the performance of Odisha FC in totality? What’s next for the club?

Our experience was really good . We expected to finish much higher in the points table. It's true that we improved from last season but we demand more from ourselves as a team. So, we have to keep improving and try to come back stronger.

What’s the status with the contract? Are you coming back in the next season?

We don't know yet. Of course, I would like to continue. Because I think that the team is not finished that we need to give more to the team. And of course, this result hurt us but we cannot lose the views of the progress of the team. I would like to come back to India. And i would like to start from the beginning with proper precision but is not the main thing right now.

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