The tactician reflected on the narrow defeat in their opening match of ISL 2021-22.

Hyderabad FC has started their Indian Super League 2021-22 campaign with a defeat to Chennaiyin FC. The Nizams lost 1-0 with Vladimir Koman scoring from the penalty spot in the second half. Manolo Marquez’s men dominated at least three-quarters of the game. However, they ended up on the losing side after squandering a handful of clear scoring opportunities.

Hitesh Sharma fouled Anirudh Thapa inside the box deep in the second half, leading to the penalty. Koman then stepped up and found the right low corner. Marquez was disappointed with the result and rued the missed chances. But, asserted that his team played well. The Spaniard also spoke on Halicharan Narzary’s injury early in the match.

Analysis of match

Manolo Marquez was rather accepting of the fact that his team performed well, but did not capitalize on the chances going forward. Analyzing the match and talking about how it was less of a scoring affair than others, he said, “For me, the other games are not that important. I am very disappointed with the score, not with our game. It is true that it was very different from the other games. Most of the time, we had the control of the ball, we created very clear chances. But, if you don’t score, this kind of things happen. The penalty for me was a fair penalty. 

“We need to know all teams are the same, not one team, yes and the another team no,” he said. Marquez was referring to the goal in the ATK Mohun Bagan Vs Kerala Blasters match, which was allowed under similar circumstances. But, Edu Garcia’s goal was ruled out, with Chingelensana Singh adjudged to be in an offside position.

Watch: Hyderabad FC coach Manolo Marquez reflects on the defeat to Chennaiyin FC

Problems with finishing

Hyderabad FC had 63% possession and created more chances than their opponents. However, poor finishing was the reason for their downfall in the match. Talking in this regard, the tactician said, “I think we created enough chances to win the game. The score is not unfair, but if you play football (and not take your chances) these kinds of things happen usually.

“You try to play more than the opponent. I totally respect the style of Cheanniyin FC because I think the coach is a great coach and they had good organization, but I think that our team pressed very good. We had the ball practically for all of the minutes. But, if you don’t score all of your chances, the other team can arrive once or twice to your goal,” the Spaniard further added.

Last minutes of desperation & extent of Halicharan Narzary’s injury

While talking about the flurry of changes, Manolo Marquez agreed that it was a desperate attempt to get back into the match. “Yes, we were losing at that moment. It is difficult with young Indian players, with four changes in the same minute, but more or less the team had good organization. We used too many long balls in the last minutes, but we had to take risks and I am satisfied. It’s hard this defeat, but the team did not deserve to lose this game,” he said in the context.

As for Halicharan’s injury, the tactician said, “I don’t know because it was very early and I did not speak with him after the game. I don’t know if it’s the knee or a muscle problem, I don’t know at this moment,” said Marquez.

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