The Romanian explained his side’s mentality on the evening.
Former two-time Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC came from behind to rescue a point against table-toppers Mumbai City FC after Isma’s penalty cancelled out a smart goal from Bartholomew Ogbeche in the first half. Csaba Laszlo and Co. were resolute in defence against MCFC’s near-relentless attack. The Romanian manager addressed the media after the game.
“We had the possibility of scoring one more goal. At the end of the day, we must be satisfied with the one point. This was a very important one point. We came for three points; I was definitely prepared and I put a very offensive team on the pitch. I think the one point is deserved. Could be more, but I am not unsatisfied.”
Failure to retain possession
With a passing accuracy of just 57%, Chennaiyin saw a lot of their moves grind to a halt on the back of poor decisions by the Marina Machans. The team are missing key players in Anirudh Thapa and Rafael Crivellaro and had to field a makeshift midfield against Mumbai City.
“We have Rafa out and Thapa out. So, we had to re-build completely (the team). We had to also re-build our tactics. Especially, since you do not have a full week to train, for the players as well, it is not easy,” explained Csaba Laszlo.
“I know my team and I know football. I know that if you want to win games, you have to have more legs in midfield. You have to control the ball sometimes a little bit more,” he added.
Despite silky play on occasions from Mumbai, CFC held firm to win a penalty halfway through the second half. The South Indian side showed immense belief and were lauded by their head coach.
“We showed a strong mentality because after ATKMB, there were a lot of sad faces in the dressing room. After what I saw today, we came back and the team showed a very good spirit.”
Confidence gained after equalizer
After Isma smacked the ball into the Mumbai City FC net from the spot, Chennaiyin FC looked like they had caught a second wind. The passing became crisper and they did not look like a side that were looking to hold onto a point. Csaba Laszlo expressed his pleasure over his side’s resurgence in the game.
“Fantastic. I had the feeling after the goal that we are capable (of scoring) the next goal. We had even 1-2 possibilities, not chances, but possibilities. I put on players that think offensively. My intention was definitely to win the game.”