We need to improve in defensive transitions: ATK Mohun Bagan’s Juan Ferrando

ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Juan Ferrando wasn’t too happy despite his team’s win over league leaders Hyderabad FC and called for improvement in transitions from his team.

The Mariners beat Hyderabad FC 2-1 on Tuesday to go fourth in the table and just three points behind Manuel Marquez’s men with two games in hand.

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Ferrando was pleased with his team for coping with the in-game injuries but called for improvements in their game.

The Spaniard spoke to the media after the match.

Here are the excerpts from his press conference:

Hugo Boumous and Carl McHugh got injured in the first half but still the team came away with a win. Your thoughts on that?

David Williams and Amrinder Singh also got injured so we had 4-5 players injured in the match. It's difficult because you need to change the plan in 35 minutes but this is the result of quarantine. Hard quarantine, soft quarantine and days without training. This is the result. Today we saw it with ATK Mohun Bagan, but in the rest of the clubs it's the same.

You always say that Hyderabad FC like to play football like your team. How hard did they make it for your team?

Of course, I'm not happy because normally in build-up we can use No 6 and No 8. But after the injuries I had to change the plan and we used Subhashish and Prabir. But of course, we need to improve in these details. So, I am not happy about the transitions in defence. We have a lot of problems in this case.

You have been unbeaten since you took over. Are you confident that this team has it in them to win the league?

Now we prepare for the NorthEast United FC match. This is our focus and it's important. I hope all the staff, all the players and our supporters are together as everyone knows about the bio-bubble and how tough it is. We want their support to do best for next Saturday.

You face NorthEast United FC and FC Goa next. Do you think these are easy points to pick up?

Against NorthEast United FC, it will be a tough game. In the last match they played well with no pressure. They have good players like Marcelinho, Hernan Santana. In the case of Goa, I know their squad, they have a very good team. So it won't be so easy. To be honest, it's not important to look at the table and the positions are not real.

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