The Men of Steel will now face Kerala Blasters in the semi-finals.
Owen Coyle’s men created history, taking Jamshedpur FC to their first-ever piece of silverware with a 1-0 win over ATK Mohun Bagan. The Men of Steel have won the ISL 2021-22 League Winners’ Shield after topping the competition. ATK Mohun Bagan gave everything on the pitch to win it. But, Jamshedpur FC’s defence led by captain Peter Hartley was rock-solid and kept the opposition attackers at bay with another clean-sheet.
On the historic night, Owen Coyle attended the post-match press conference in a jolly mood and praised the whole Jamshedpur FC family and fans.
Thoughts on the night
“Absolutely delighted for everybody at the club. It’s great to get the prize at the end because we deserved that. We have worked ever so hard, we had to win 10 of the last 11 games. Things changed in January, when I brought Daniel Chima in and freshened things up. We have been terrific with the best defensive record in the league and we are close to the top goalscorers as well. So, at both ends of the park, we have shown that we are a top team,” commented Owen Coyle.
“43 points and 13 wins in a season is a record as well and that’s incredible. All credits to the players, especially the young Indian players, whose improvement gives satisfaction to me. I am delighted for everyone, very tired but more pleased,” he continued.
On being a demanding coach
Many a player at Jamshedpur FC have revealed how Owen Coyle has been the most demanding coach. The tactician always pushes his team to go for more. It was visible on the night, when the team were constantly pushing hard for the second goal, even though a draw would’ve been enough to win the shield.
In answer to these claims by his players, the coach explained, “They all know their roles and responsibilities in the team. So, the demand is not from me, it’s from the games’ standards. When I say improving, I don’t want them to climb a ladder and then all of a sudden fall down to the bottom. We have to keep striving to get to the top of the ladder. That’s the demand to improve them.”
“I can’t praise my players higher enough, they’ve been so brilliant. But, I demand them to be the best they could be and know their jobs. This is evident in the Jamshedpur FC team.”
Winning 10 of last 11 games
Jamshedpur FC became the first team to register seven wins in a row in the Indian Super League. They have also won 10 of their last 11 games. While most of the teams have unbeaten streaks mainly consisting of draws, Jamshedpur possess this incredible record.
When asked about the reason, the boss answered, “It’s the appetite to win games. The desire and fire in your stomach to get a shot every morning to be the best you could be. When you start to win, momentum, belief and confidence builds.”
“Knowing the job, building momentum and going on winning runs, I have done this before with Chennaiyin FC. I have worked at the highest level and have been capable of doing the job. So, I have enjoyed my spell in India. I have enjoyed every moment of that,” he exclaimed.
Semi-finals against Kerala Blasters
Finishing on top means Jamshedpur FC will face fourth-placed Kerala Blasters in the semi-finals. The coach shared his thoughts about the game before signing off.
“We have two very tough games against Kerala. They are a good team with a wonderful coach, we have played against them twice in pre-season and in the league. So, two very good teams will fight to get into the finals. There is a lot of hard work ahead of us. But, we’ll enjoy tonight and tomorrow morning we will get fresh and plan for the game against Kerala Blasters.”