It wasn’t the day for the Gaurs as FC Goa lost narrowly to Mumbai City FC in their second match of the Indian Super League (ISL). Goa played brilliantly throughout the game until the 93rd minute mark, when the ill-fated Lenny Rodrigues, who otherwise had a good game, got the ball handled which was coming from behind. The resultant penalty became the match decider, with Le Fondre making no mistakes.
“Today was difficult,” started Juan Ferrando. “But, the takeaway is that the team has worked a lot. Sometimes it is not possible to maintain the transitions in defence and attack and ultimately we lose the game, but this is most important. Our focus is on the next game on monday against the North East. We have to work, and prepare for it” said a visibly disappointed figure in the spaniard.
Goa’s most important moment came in the 40th minute where Redeem Tlang was shown the red card due to a clumsy challenge and had to leave the field. Referring to the incident, the spanish coach quoted “I prefer not to talk about the referees because everybody knows about the levels here,” taking a dig at the man in charge. “Before the redcard, the game was beautiful, two teams tried to play and build the game. After the incident, we had to shift to plan-B. It worked well for 25-30 minutes but it got difficult in transitions later on,” he added.
FC goa has not had a good start like a lot of fans expected. With only a solitary point in 2 games, last year’s defending league shield side’s coach Juan Ferrando believes this is not what their plan towards the season was. “Of Course my starting has not been good. Our mentality is going for 3 points all time. For us, most important as well as in life is to continue working” concluded the Spaniard, sparking a ray of hope among the fans for sure.