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What went wrong was that we conceded a goal and then we were not awarded a penalty-Materazzi

The Chennai boss appreciated the quality of the opposition calling them the better team...


Chennaiyin FC head coach Marco Materazzi was a disappointed man following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Mumbai City FC at the Mumbai Football Arena on Wednesday evening. With 14 points from 12 games, the defending champions will now have to win both of their remaining games in the league stage and hope at the same time that other results also go their way. Speaking to the media, the Italian didn’t hide his disappointment.

“What went wrong was that we conceded a goal and then we were not awarded a penalty, and in the second half they were very good in counter-attacks and that is only because we were attacking all the time,” the 43-year-old said after the match.

“We knew we were in a must-win situation and now we know that we have to win the next two games to get six points and we have shown [in the past] we can battle every team but if the referee does not see that a player is not playing football and playing volleyball [referring to Gerson Vieira’s handball], then there is not much we can do. Once you are 1-0 down, it is very tough but we still believe that we can win and make it to the semis.”

This was the first time in Hero ISL history that Mumbai manged to get the better of the Super Machans. Materazzi admitted the Mumbaikars, who reached their maiden Hero ISL semis with the win, were hot to handle on the night. “Yes, they are a very solid team and they do not concede many goals and they are also very good in the attacking department and you have got to admit when the opponent is good and in this case, they were really good,” he said.

Chennaiyin, presently lying seventh in the standings, now host NorthEast United FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.

Report and Photo © ISL Media


Published: Thu Nov 24, 2016 03:38 PM IST

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