We need a bit more luck to win games but we’re going in the right way: Bengaluru FC’s Marco Pezzaiuoli

Bengaluru FC head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli was pleased with his team’s clean sheet as they held Jamshedpur FC to a 0-0 draw in a Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Athletic stadium in Bambolim, Goa on Monday.

It was a day when both goalkeepers were in top form as the two teams settled for a point which was a fair result in the game.

The draw though stretched Bengaluru FC’s winless run in the Hero ISL 2021-22 season to seven matches. The German insisted that his team are heading in the right direction and need a bit of luck going their way to win games.

Pezzaiuoli addressed the media after the game.

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

You wanted to defend better as a team. DId you think that happened today?

I think yes. I think defensively we were good. The set-pieces we were very clear with. We also defended well against the ball. It was an even game with not so many chances but still a good game.

What was the reason behind taking Cleiton Silva off?

We can't play with six strikers. When it's an even game you have to be compact as well. Once chance can decide a game and I wanted to have Prince as an attacking player with speed at the end of the match. I also thought that Cleiton is a little bit tired and there was a chance to bring a fresh striker. Sunil (Chhetri) had an opportunity to score. If it is a goal then everything is right and the coach makes the right decision.

What are your thoughts on the team's finishing tonight?

I think the opponents defended well. The goalkeeper also played well. In the first half, Cleiton had a great chance from a cross from Ashique. We were not lucky but I didn't think there were too many chances. Still we created a few chances and that's a positive.

Seven matches without a win now. What does the team need to do to win a match?

Keep going on. I can now ask the referee why he didn't give the penalty. This is not the question right now. We are heading in the right direction. If we have luck on our side Chhetri scored in the end or Cleiton scores earlier. It's important that we have kept a clean sheet especially after a 3-3 draw in the last match. Last week we scored some good goals but today we played a strong opponent and sometimes we have to appreciate the opponent as well.

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