It’s not in our hands anymore: Cuadrat

The Boss Assesses A Disappointing Draw In Chennai As The Blues Dropped Crucial Points In The Race To The Summit…

His assessment of the game…

We were fighting for the three points and we tried our best. We hit the post, we had a situation of a penalty in the last minute and we created some good options. But we didn’t score. We made three offensive substitutions with the aim of scoring, but sometimes it happens. I think that both teams played a really nice game for the spectators. They were putting a lot of quality on the pitch because the victory was important for both of us. I would like to congratulate Chennaiyin for the season they’re having, and they might be able to get to the play-offs.

On Chhetri missing out…

He had a little disturbing feeling in the muscle, so we wanted to prevent any further injuries. But he was suffering a little sensation in a hamstring so we opted to rest him.

On arguments after the full-time whistle…

When we were leaving, we were very emotional because a lot of things happened during the game. You know, we lost that kind of situation with that foul. That foul of Goian on Nili, it’s a foul irrespective of where it happens. The referee whistles if it happens near the half-line but doesn’t if it happens in the box. I cannot understand some of the interpretations of the rules. Even when we were pressing them, the ball touched the referee, and he gave possession back to the other team. The interpretations of the rules have been getting more confusing with every game.

On questions whether Chhetri’s booking was deliberate…

We are football people with a lot of emotions. We are fighting for the three points in every game. Maybe without these three points, we are out of the Champions League slot. So please don’t think about this strange question. Chhetri’s angry, he’s very angry, because with the goal, it will be 0-1 to us and the three points we could’ve got would’ve helped us fight for the Champions League.

On taking Deshorn off early on in the second half…

I’m very happy with my defence and the work that they’ve been putting in. If you see the two central defenders, Albert and Juanan during this season, they’ve stopped strikers like Valskis, Gyan, Aridane and we’ve only conceded against four teams – ATK, Mumbai, Goa, and Hyderabad, so they’re doing a wonderful job. We got another clean sheet today and it’s a record in the ISL because no team ever has kept ten clean sheets. So, my suggestion to the team was to build up from behind. I wanted to go with a different solution and didn’t want to touch the defence or midfield so we went with a foreigner for another foreigner change in the attack and I think Nili was doing a very good job between the lines, creating some chances. Then we put him to support Semboi, and he did well with that.

On Suresh’s impressive performance…

The situation of the team is changing and you sense the right moment as a coach for those kinds of decisions. Once I brought Khabra as a fullback, then that position in the midfield was for Suresh. He was working very well and he’s helping the team a lot. And at that moment of the season, we had an injury in the team, I trusted him and he did very well with the opportunity. He gave us what we were expecting and now he’s one of our players who is always ready to play. So I’m very happy with Suresh’s progression.

On chances of finishing on the top…

We are playing ATK in the last game, but we would need Goa to drop two games. So, it’s going to be very difficult. They are a very good team. It’s football and anything can happen but we are in a position where it’s not in our hands anymore. At the moment, I see that Goa have a good chance to finish atop the league table.