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We fought till the last minute-Zambrotta


Spirited Delhi succumbed to the Stallions in a 7-goal thriller in Pune…

Gianluca Zambrotta thoughtfully assessed his side’s performance after a thrilling but eventually heart-breaking game for his side ended 4-3 to Pune.

Speaking to the press about the game he said, “We knew before the match that we were playing against a difficult team, a good team. We made too many mistakes in the first half. It’s difficult when you have to chase two goals just to stay in the match. The important thing is we have three more games to achieve our semis spot, which is our target. Sometimes a loss can help too, it will help us to get better.”

The league leaders found themselves 3-1 down within 10 minutes early in the second half but kept going, pulling a goal back on two separate occasions. Zambrotta stated, “We stay(ed) positive in the match. This is a big positive for us, the mentality. Not wanting to give up and throw in the towel. We fought till the last minute. I would say that is our biggest positive.”

The Italian coach has seen his side play attacking football throughout the league so far. Delhi Dynamos have scored 21 goals in 11 matches now, a whopping 8 more than their closest competitors. “Also, it is really important that we, as a team, have the capability to score in every game. It is important to score more goals than the opponents. If one team [this season] has the capability to score a lot of goals in each game, it’s us and that’s a very big positive for us.”

The 39-year-old continued, saying, “This team likes to play [attacking] football…We want to be very attacking. Unfortunately, in the last two matches we have conceded a few more goals than we would have liked, so we would have to go back and review our team and check what is going wrong.”

Delhi still find themselves on top of the table, knowing a win against FC Goa in their next game at home could all but seal their path to the playoffs.

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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.

Published: Sat Nov 19, 2016 02:20 PM IST


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