The tactician spoke to the media after an entertaining draw with the Men of Steel.

Hyderabad FC played out a 1-1 draw with Jamshedpur FC in Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa. Greg Stewart gave his team the lead with a brilliant curling effort that went straight into the top right corner. Bartholomew Ogbeche equalized in the second half, with a sensational side-footed low finish at the same end. 

Both outfits were evenly-matched, cancelled each other out and shared the points on the night. There was a feeling of disappointment in both camps, as the draw felt like two points dropped rather than a point earned. 

Manolo Marquez spoke with the media after the game and felt his team were disappointing in the first half. Here is what the tactician had to say regarding the team’s performance and more:

On Edu Garcia’s absence 

Edu Garcia did not feature against JFC and the team needed more creative sources to give the strikers better chances of scoring. Speaking in terms of whether Garcia’s absence is leading to a lack of creativity, Marquez said, “No. I think that we cannot say anything about any player because this is a competition where you play every 4-5 days.

“There is always a possibility of players getting injured. When you play every game in 2-3 days, you can see there are injured players every day.”

Watch: Hyderabad FC coach Manolo Marquez reacts to his side’s performance in the 1-1 draw with Jamshedpur FC

Possibility of Javier Siverio starting

24-year-old Javier Siverio made another cameo appearance from the bench. Answering if the Spaniard could make a start anytime soon, Marquez said, “Yes, he deserves to play more minutes, it’s true.

“But, he is very young, he will wait for his moment and I am sure he will score a lot of goals. He has scored goals all his life. For sure, he will play early in the starters.”

On unpredictability of league

HFC have struggled for consistency and have lost, won and drawn their first three games of the season. Talking with regard to the unpredictable nature of the league, Manolo Marquez said, “Yes, I have told this in every press conference, I am angry with the first half today. All the credits to Jamshedpur, but since I have been the coach in Hyderabad, I think today was the worst 45 minutes by the team.

“Second half I think that the team was more like Hyderabad FC. We attacked more through the wings and finally we could equalize,” the tactician concluded.

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