We need to stay positive: Roca

Minutes After His Side’s 1-0 Aggregate Win In The Quarterfinals Of The AFC Cup, We Caught Up With Blues’ Head Coach Albert Roca To Get His Reaction To The Result. Excerpts…

His thoughts on the game:

“It was a tough game. Tampines Rovers are a good team with very good players who can make a difference but we were prepared for that.  It was difficult, but if you look over the two fixtures we have created more opportunities and kept control of both games for most parts and we deserve to pass through to the semifinals.”

“We try to be better in some aspects and to read more of the game. Some of our players are young and yet they make good decisions on the field. We haven’t conceded a goal in two games, which is a good sign.”

On the performance of his defenders:

“We have good and experienced defenders but it’s not only about their performance tonight. It’s about the whole team being compact and defending and attacking at the same time, and having a good balance in the side.”

On goalkeeper Amrinder Singh’s performance between the posts:

“Amrinder did well tonight. He didn’t have much to do for most parts of the game but he pulled off a great save when he was called for it and I’m happy with his performance.”

His thoughts on the upcoming semifinals against Johor Darul Ta’zim:

The semifinal is surely going to be even harder. We are not competing in the domestic League and have had only had two official games in three and a half months. It makes things difficult with regards to how physical the team will be but we need to stay positive ahead of the semifinals. The boys have shown that they are competitive and they will show more of that in a bid to make it to the final.”

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