We had a plan but after the first goal, it became difficult: Cuadrat

The Blues Went Down To Mumbai City FC Last Night And The Boss Discussed A Tough Defeat At A Crucial Phase Of The Campaign…

His assessment of the game…

We study other teams and if we have to point mistakes in the construction of the game, yes, we made a mistake with Gurpreet’s long ball. Sometimes it happens in football – when you commit a mistake you want to try and quickly rectify it and that’s what Gurpreet tried. As I said before the game, with Mumbai if you concede first, you are going to have a problem. They are very good defensively and always try to go for the counter-attack. There was a second mistake as well, so congratulations to Mumbai for receiving so many presents.

The referee then gave them a present by disallowing Chhetri’s clear goal. The game was going in a way where it was getting difficult and then the third present of the night came from the second goal we conceded. I think it wasn’t a very good game of football. Mumbai used their strength very well and we had a plan but after the first goal it became difficult to create chances. In the second half, we had two close chances, through Chhetri and Udanta, but if you don’t score it makes it easier for the other team to hold on.

On the Blues’ struggles against Mumbai City…

Mumbai have a plan and it works for them. I have been trying to change things in every game but it hasn’t been working that well. Sometimes this happens in football. We have been working to try to change this statistic, but unfortunately it hasn’t been happening.

On if the substitutions backfired and shift in positions proved costly…

Let me make one thing clear. We are the team that are champions from the last season and I am the coach of that team. We won the title because we managed to switch positions of players like, Nishu, Khabra and Rahul among others throughout the season based on our game plan. I take the criticism for that because I am the coach and I know that it’s part of my job.

One day I played Semboi and he scored, the next time I played Udanta and he created good chances. That’s football, sometimes it works, sometimes it won’t. I’ll say it to anyone in world football that Khabra can play as a right-back, that Rahul as a left-back and that Ashique can play as a left-back. That was my decision to make the change in that moment.

On Udanta’s performance…

I was trying to change things in the second half. And we know that Udanta has the skills to make the runs down the flank and win the 1v1s with Subhasish. He can also put in some good crosses, so that was the reason to put him in and try a different way. Sometimes it happens with forwards, and I give all my support to Udanta. In the last game he created very clear chances when coming off the bench. Today as well, he created a very clear chance to score. Sometimes the margins are very small and he’s getting closer.

On the decision to bring off Nishu…

Nishu was on a yellow card and was going into defensive situations with Sougou, who is a quick player. That’s why I played Eugene because he is a talented footballer and he can give important passes. Rahul is experienced playing on the left as well so I decided to change Nishu for that reason.