The Romanian spoke on the back of his side’s draw against SC East Bengal on Saturday.

A rather honest and upfront Csaba Laszlo faced questions from the media after his side’s 2-2 draw against SC East Bengal. The Red and Gold Brigade came back twice to share the points, but the Marina Machans would see themselves as architects of their own downfall rather than East Bengal’s brilliance on the night. 

Chennaiyin went into the game as favourites and were expected to take three points home, which should have been the case given their efforts on the pitch, but plenty of missed chances and some shoddy defending from set-pieces meant that they had to settle for parity in the game. 

WATCH: Csaba Laszlo’s post match press conference

Losing two points

The disappointment was evident in Csaba Laszlo’s voice. “I think that we lost two points and it is really hard to take. It’s not normal that we miss so many chances. Sometimes, we have to be self-critical and today I’m speechless and disappointed at the result.”

A positive from the evening though was the performance of Lallianzuala Chhangte, who was finally rewarded with a goal which opened the scoring in the game. The winger had done everything but score so far and wasted some golden opportunities in the last game against FC Goa. But, he stepped up when it mattered to score a delightful goal. 

Chhangte’s effort

Laszlo praised the effort of his No. 7 and spoke highly of his ability. He said, “I am working individually with Chhangte and he deserved his goal today. I hope that he will continue to score goals.”

On the other hand, the coach seemed to be at his wits end with striker Jakub Sylvestr. The Slovakian showed that he is good on the ball with some slick link-up play, especially for the first goal and then eventually throughout the game with Rafael Crivellaro. But, at the same time, Sylvestr spurned plenty of chances in another game where his output left a lot more to be desired.  

Shooting boots missing for Sylvestr

Csaba Laszlo gave an honest opinion on his striker’s performance, which seems to have left him down by saying, “I will keep it short. I would say yes, it’s more than disappointing.” 

Defending from set-pieces

The two goals for East Bengal came from set-pieces, which brought into question the sketchy defending by the Marina Machans from dead-ball situations. Speaking on the same, Laszlo replied, “I think today against two set-pieces we gave two easy goals. We must concentrate more on the same.”

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