The Jamshedpur FC head coach also complained regarding the referring in Thursday night’s game against Mumbai City FC.

Thursday delivered another setback for Jamshedpur FC and their head coach Antonio Iriondo, as the Men of Steel were beaten by Mumbai City at home.

Addressing the media after the game in the post-match press conference, Antonio Iriondo was evidently disappointed with the result, but also lauded his team for their efforts.

“We had a great match and a lot of chances. We had 70% of possession. But, we couldn’t score goals. On the other hand, they scored two goals in three shots. That speaks a lot about the quality of their players,” the Spaniard said.

Asked about his next step, the 66-year-old did not hold back in speaking against the referee, as he revealed he feels that injuries to his players have taken place just because of the way referees in the ISL conduct games.

“The next step is to keep working the same way. We had everything in our hand to win. Once again we have missed Sergio Castel due to injury. If you take a look at the stats you will see we have had fewer fouls than Mumbai and have had more bookings than them,” Antonio Iriondo said.

On The Referee

“It is really very difficult to understand. Even with Piti’s injury, it was not something he did to himself, it was a foul. But, the referee did not say anything, so they can keep doing that,” he added.

“The law is for everyone in the sport. The same thing happened with Sergio Castel – they were hitting him until he got injured. I never say my players to injure other players, as I look to work on our improvement and on our game and be successful in what we are trying to do. Just because I love football,” Antonio Iriondo quipped.

With several foreign players injured in his ranks, Antonio Iriondo was quizzed about whether Aniket Jadhav and Mobashir Rahman will get more minutes than usual in the upcoming games. The Jamshedpur FC head coach was also asked regarding their progress.

Thoughts On Aniket Jadhav and Mobashir Rahman

“I think both of them will get a lot of minutes. They are a part of the squad and we trust them. With Aniket, as I have said in the last press conference, he needs to improve in his consistency. He is not consistent enough. He can have a great impact on a game for some time and then go for a long time without doing much in the game. He needs to improve.”

“Coming to Mobashir, its a similar situation with him as well. We have great confidence in them. They have to keep learning. But, with foreign players injured, they might get some minutes,” Antonio Iriondo remarked.

With three consecutive away games coming up, Antonio Iriondo was asked whether the injured players will have any benefit from those matches and how hopeful he is of getting back to winning ways.

“Players who are injured, does not matter if we are playing away or at home, so that’s not a point. We will try to bring in as many points as possible from the away games, as we are struggling with a lot of injuries. I am happy with my team and I would like to appreciate the players. I think we are lacking to score goals. Maybe, the next match we will improve,” he opined.

The tactician pointed out few insights regarding his team and revealed that he believes they will turn their luck around soon.

“Our team is one of the youngest teams in the league, with many Indian talents on the field. Although, our foreign players are injured, we are very happy with the progress of our Indian players,” he concluded.