The Chennaiyin FC boss also revealed that he feels when his side are in form they can score against any team in the league.
Chennaiyin FC hammered Kerala Blasters in their backyard after scoring six past them, with braces from Rafael Crivellaro, Nerijus Valskis and Lallianzuala Chhangte. Kerala Blasters retaliated by scoring three, with Bartholomew Ogbeche scoring a second half hat-trick. Following the game, Chennaiyin FC head coach Owen Coyle interacted with the media in the post-match press conference.
Chennaiyin FC head coach Owen Coyle stayed true to his words by making his team play offensive football. While the Englishman was happy about the goals, he certainly didn’t enjoy the slip-up in the second half, when the team conceded thrice.
“We wanted to win and we had to make sure that we carried on the momentum. I think there was a lot of complacency in the second half when we were 3-0 up. We were in control of the game and just had to continue doing what we were doing,” Owen Coyle began.
The Chennaiyin FC boss made sure that his disappointment with the defensive lapses of his team didn’t look like he was trying to discredit their opponents. Owen Coyle ensured that he explains how difficult Kerala Blasters were as opponents, especially with Ogbeche and Raphael Messi Bouli as their forwards.
“I have to give credit to Kerala. Two wonderful strikers – Ogbeche and Messi Bouli. I mean they can play for anybody in the league. Wonderful players,” he explained.
The 53-year-old revealed that he enjoyed the goals the Marina Machans scored on Saturday night. The six goals that they scored against Kerala only strengthened his belief that his side, on their day, can score against any team in the league.
“We showed our quality and character. We have and we showed our quality as an attacking force. When we are at the top of our game, we can penetrate any defence, we can score goals against any team in this league. That’s what we had to do tonight,” he expressed.
Chennaiyin’s turnaround from ninth position in the standings to fifth place – would mean nothing if they can’t get into the playoffs and Owen Coyle is aware of it. He emphasized the importance of finishing fourth and put his confidence in his attack to get them through.
“All counts for nothing if we don’t get what we want. We want to try and get fourth place. We are the team under pressure coming in sitting at the ninth position, having scored four goals from six games. I think that’s now 22 goals in eight games. We are showing offensively the quality we have,” he expressed.
“As a coach when you come in the middle of the season, you have to asses what you have in the squad because, at that time, there was no transfer window. So, we had to do the best with our squad and we recognized the strength of our players. We wanted to put in a system that suited the strengths of those we have. We have hard workers, we have spirit and we have quality,” the tactician added.
On a final note, Owen Coyle reminded everybody that the fight is not over yet and that they have difficult games ahead, with the fixtures against Mumbai City, ATK and Bengaluru FC. The Englishman, however, is content with the fact that his team are still alive in the competition after the early run of disappointing performances.
“We have to keep it going, we have to keep scoring goals and keep winning. Some big games are coming up, but we have given ourselves the chance of being involved at the end of the season. We still have Mumbai to play, ATK, Bengaluru FC,” he concluded.