It was a crucial 2-1 win for ATK as with these three points ATK are now levelled with Jamshedpur FC with 20 points but remain sixth due to their inferior goal difference. The likes of Edu Garcia and Manuel Lanzarote were the pillars of this team as both were live-wires on the field for ATK yesterday.
With just four games left when asked if this is the combination that Coppell would be fielding in the next game as well, the former Jamshedpur FC Head Coach said, “We looked solid, we were really good going forward and the mobility was really good throughout the game. In the last half an hour we lost the shape. The current shape of the team fits a lot of players. In the next few days we will analyse the strengths and weakness of the team. Most of the team played most of the game and I didn’t really want to change any players.”
On the impact of Edu Garcia on the current ATK’s squad, Coppell said, “He is a quality player, He compliments other players around him. All the good players complement their teammates. He has a really good connection with the players in the midfield, Everton, Hitesh and Lanzarote. The way he gets on the ball not only effects the game but also the effects the players around him. He certainly gives the drive to the team to win competitions. He is difficult to stop when is fully upfront. He is a real bonus for us.”
On his late substitutions, Coppell replied, “Before the game, it was fairly obvious that we had to win the game and to win the game we had to create more opportunities so we needed more creative players and with Manu coming back from suspension so we had to put him on the field. The changes were to give more punch up front.”
On his views about this Coppell said.”It is human nature that if you have something you would protect it and after half time if we just try to go out there and protect the lead then we are in trouble. We still have to be a real threat going forward. To be honest, as the game went on they didn’t really create any chances so I wast to concerned. Although I got concerned after they scored the goal but it was only in the dying moments of the game. They are a good team, they play with a distinctive style which is really hard to play against but today we take the three points.”
It was another game where ATK gave away late goal, His opinion on ATK conceding another late goal was, “This was just a by-product of just trying to protect what we got. We worked quite hard on not camping too deep in our own box. I think a couple of times we made some half clearances which we didn’t squeeze out but we stayed in there that cost us the goal. And every goal we concede is a concern”. ATK will next face FC Pune City on 10th February at Pune.