The Spaniard was philosophical after the loss to Pune City…
Atletico De Kolkata boss Jose Molina was calm despite a defeat to FC Pune City on Sunday night. The loss was only their second in the Indian Super League this season as they still sit pretty in third spot on the table.
ATK went 2-0 down to a resurgent Pune team before Iain Hume’s goal gave them hope for the last twenty minutes.
“I think maybe we didn’t do a great job but we did a good job. The players tried, fought and defended well. In the first half, we had a good 40 minutes and we penetrated the Pune box many times and then they found a goal from a set-piece. Probably, that was the first time they got near our box. That boosted their confidence and we lost our confidence a bit. In the second half, we tried again but they scored another on the counter, with a penalty. I think we played the match well and I think with the few chances that they had, they did very well and scored,” Molina said.
“We are playing well. Today we couldn’t win, that’s sad. But we will not become crazy about one result. We are working in the right way and we will try to continue that. Defeat is part of the game. In football, you can’t always win. There will be some results that go against you. But we will work, we will try to win every game and approach every game positively with a fighting spirit. Sometimes you lose, but it’s okay to keep working and we look forward to our next match.”
There were nine yellow cards in total in the match and tempers flared during a hotly contested game in Pune. The game, as Molina had expected turned out to be a very physical one. Commenting on that the manager said, “Before the match we spoke about it. They obviously had to stop us and they did that. But if the referee doesn’t take action then they will obviously continue to do it.
I don’t like to talk about the referees but it’s the referee who can stop the action on the pitch. We tried to play our football. They stopped us with force, but obviously, what else can we do other than keep playing? It’s not our job to stop it, it’s the referee’s. He has to do his job.”
The team from Kolkata started the game with a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Helder Postiga majorly playing in behind Hume. The 46-year-old was questioned on whether it was the best formation, given the size of the pitch. He replied, “Maybe I could be wrong but I fielded the team that I thought was best suited for today. I am absolutely sure, with the players we have, the best formation is the formation we used today. We played a good match, maybe not the best but a good match. We will continue to work hard and try to win the next match.”
The Spaniard also explained why he didn’t start midfielder Javi Lara in the game. “I try to play the best team for each game. Today we went a different way. I can only have six foreigners on the pitch. I can’t play all, I have to choose. Today I decided to have him on the bench and we brought him on when he felt he could help us,” Molina said.
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Report by Khel Now- correspondent Miqdad. Miqdad is a Liberal Arts student from Pune. A Liverpool fan he’s probably busy watching a sport or writing. You can follow him on Twitter.