The Italian manager was happy with the way his team responded after going a man down…

Delhi Dynamos FC head coach Gianluca Zambrotta was relieved to have got away with one point from their 2016 Hero Indian Super League encounter against Atlético de Kolkata at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday evening. Playing in front of almost 20,000 spectators, the hosts conceded a goal in the 17th minute of the game. Things got worse for them when striker Badara Badji received his marching orders following a second yellow card at the stroke of half-time.

However, the Lions staged a brilliant fightback in the second half through goals from Milan Singh and Florent Malouda to salvage one point and extend their lead at the top of the table with 17 points from 10 games. Speaking to the media after the 2-2 draw, Zambrotta said: “I don’t think the team missed out on three points. We have got one point and it is very important considering our situation. In the second half, we were forced to play 4-4-1 and we had to cover a lot of the pitch and that was difficult for us. I am happy with the match.”

This was the second time Delhi played ATK this season. In the previous encounter, the Lions suffered a defeat at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, their only defeat to date this season. Commenting on Jose Molina’s men, Zambrotta said: “In the first half, of course we were put under pressure by Kolkata and also sometimes it’s not easy to utilise the whole space of the pitch, and in this match you have got to consider who is your opponent as Kolkata are a quality side and are one of the best teams in the ISL.”

“We win or lose, we must analyse the result. Today we drew the match but for us it is like a victory and the one point is important for us as we move one point ahead, and at the moment Kolkata are behind us.”

In their first encounter this season, Marcelinho had missed a penalty soon after which Iain Hume scored from the spot to lead ATK to a 1-0 victory. On Sunday, Delhi again missed a penalty and this time it was marquee man Malouda to blame. Zambrotta shed light on the penalty situation. “Marcelinho was supposed to take the penalty and Malouda told him that he would take the penalty as he was very confident, and I think they both are mature players and can decide regarding who will take the penalty. It is not a problem who takes the penalty,” the 39-year-old said.

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