ATK Mohun Bagan beat Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) in Kolkata . Head coach Juan Ferrando said his team struggled to find spaces in the first half .
Kolkata (West Bengal), December 9 : When ATK Mohun Bagan beat Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata, the Mariners won the first game on the trot.Head coach Juan Ferrando admitted that his team had trouble finding spaces in attack, but was satisfied with the three points.ATKMB leapfrog Odisha FC into third place thanks to the result, which is held in reserve by the latter.Ferrando said at a post-match press conference that finding spaces in the attacking third was difficult for his squad during the first half and felt his team improved on that aspect in the second half, though Jamshedpur FC held it tight at the back.Ferrando stated that his primary aim was to finish at the top of the ISL standings, but that catching up with the other teams placed over them would be difficult.Ferrando said, Not at all.In the first half, we struggled.We played with international players, Carl (McHugh) and Dimitri (Petratos), who were having some issues during the tournament. Due to injuries, Manvir (Singh), (Florentin) Pogba, and (Joni) Kauko have been unable to train, so the team has had to wait the rest of the day to train.But this is not an excuse.We searched for the right way to assist the team and find the right places.We couldnt find the spaces in the first half and we misplaced quick passes. We controlled the spaces, the time, and, in the case of Jamshedpur FC, there was only one chance in the last minute.But in the last third, it was impossible to find the spaces, and perhaps because Eli Sabia and Peter Hartley have good experience as centre-backs and they controlled the spaces, he continued.