The tactician berated the match officials after Mumbai City came from behind to beat his side on Wednesday evening.

After a close defeat to Mumbai City FC, Chennaiyin FC head coach Csaba Laszlo sported a dispirited figure in the post-match conference as he spoke about his side’s 2-1 defeat to Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai City FC. The coach expected an attacking performance from the Marina Machans and the players followed suit by applying pressure repeatedly in the Mumbai half.

Speaking post the game, Csaba Laszlo questioned plenty of dubious decisions made by the match referee Ajit Kumar that cost his side the game. He replied, “It was a game influenced by a lot of (bad)decisions on the pitch and it is hard to accept. We were denied clear penalties and the first goal that we conceded was a clear throw-in for us, and I don’t know how the referee didn’t see it. I think we didn’t deserve to lose today.“

The two-time ISL Champions were dealt another big blow when centre-back Enes Sipovic had to be taken off in the early minutes of the game. When asked if the Bosnian’s absence cost Chennaiyin the game due to lack of defensive solidity, Laszlo defended by saying, “I think we played well even without it. It is painful losing a player like him and I don’t know how serious the injury is but I hope that he will be back. Memo came in and he also played really well and he had a good game. The organization maybe was not perfect for the second goal and we conceded it, but I can’t say that it was because of Sipovic’s absence.”

Following his side’s defeat against Mumbai City FC, Chennaiyin FC head coach Csaba Laszlo spoke in the post-match press conference

But the Romanian applauded the efforts of his players, mentioning it to be their best performance. When asked about his side’s performance on the night, Laszlo replied, “We are at the beginning of our journey and I am proud of the team and the way they played. I believe this is one of our best games in this season and it was entertaining. A huge compliment to the players and we showed that we can compete.”

With two defeats in their last two games, Chennaiyin must quickly bounce back to winning ways in their next game against high-flying Northeast United this weekend. Mumbai City FC, on the other hand, will look to continue their winning ways against Jamshedpur on Monday.

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