We have to move on with this defeat and think about our next five matches: Hyderabad FC’s Manuel Marquez
Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez was not happy with his team's first-half performance in their 1-2 loss against ATK Mohun Bagan in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Tuesday.
The keenly contested action saw ATK Mohun Bagan finding two goals off Liston Colaco and Manvir Singh in three minutes to ensure they collected full quota of points. Hyderabad pulled one back through Australian midfielder Joel Chianese but could not find the equaliser as ATKMB defense shut the doors on it.
Hyderabad FC continue to lead the standings, at least momentarily, with 26 points after 15 games, on the other hand, the Mariners are back into the top four with 23 points from 13 games.
Marquez addressed the media after the game.
Here are some excerpts from his press conference:
Do you think the better team won today?
In the first half, ATKMB played better than us. The second half was totally opposite, especially after the two goals we reacted very well. ATKMB deserved the first half. But we attacked a lot in the second half, and we played well throughout the game. So, we deserved to win the match.
You made a lot of changes at half-time and then early on in the second part, were you not happy with the team composition?
No, I was not happy. Because we didn't play well in the first half. In some moments, we were totally alone with the ball and we lose the goal. We lost today, but still five games to go and we have to think about the next game that is against Bengaluru FC next Friday.
ATKMB had two key players injured in the first half. Do you think you could have taken advantage of that?
Yes, because you don’t prepare for one game and think that you will lose two players in the in the first half. But the players who entered in the pitch were very good players. We should have taken the advantage of the situation but we didn't play well especially in the first half.