We’ll fight till the end to enter the top four: Hyderabad FC’s Manuel Marquez

Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez was delighted to have recorded a 3-2 win over Odisha FC in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa on Thursday.

Jerry Mawihmingthanga (45') scored on the stroke of half-time to put Odisha FC in front but Marquez's men bounced back with goals from Joel Chianese (51'), Joao Victor (70'), and Akash Mishra (73') before Jonathas (84') reduced the margin of defeat.

With this victory, Hyderabad FC have consolidated their place at the summit with 23 points from 13 games. Marquez addressed the media after the game. Here are the excerpts from his post-match press conference:

Are you happy with the performance and three points?

I am very happy because now every game is a battle. Now with this situation which players will be available in your team. Of course, now the key is to try to win the game. We were losing in the half-time, this is the reason that I am happy because it is not easy to turn the score-line and more so against a team who didn't concede goals in their last two games.

Does it give you a psychological boost to go three points clear at the top of the points table?

We are on top and we are satisfied. But still, seven games to go. There are teams with 14 games, one with 13 another with 12, even ATK Mohun Bagan left with 10. We are satisfied with our win today. But we have to continue this performance. Of course, we will fight till the end to enter in the top four. 

When you were 3-1 up, do you feel that you should have played with more control and that you could have avoided the late goal?

Yes, the problem is that we were losing. And after we equalize early in the second half, but then we entered in the pitch with very offensive players. And maybe that moment when we scored the second and the third goal, we needed more consistency. But finally, 3-2 score-line is good and we are very satisfied with the players. We know that it will be very hard at the end of the competition and we will need almost all the players.

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