ISL 2022-23: After the defending champions defeated Jamshedpur FC in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) on Wednesday at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur, Hyderabad FC head coach Manolo Marquez claimed that the atmosphere in the team’s locker room is always positive following victories, but he also demanded that his team win with large margins rather than just narrow ones.
With a goal in the second half, HFC won their fifth game in a row and increased their lead at the top of the standings to seven points. The outcome also signalled the end of HFC’s losing skid against the Red Miners. All of Hyderabad FC’s opponents in the Hero ISL have now been defeated.
After a dull first half, Marquez was thrilled with how his squad played in the second. Laxmikant Kattimani’s injury in the first half worried the Spaniard as well, but he claims the club is confident enough in the backup goalies. When questioned about the half-time team chat, he added more insight into how the game was a little slow for the spectators and the dugout.
Here are some quotes from Marquez’s press conference following the game: The club has already won five straight games. What’s the vibe in the changing room? When you win games, the mood in the locker room is always upbeat. But I believe it is my responsibility to push the squad to keep going and set higher standards for ourselves since winning by such slim margins as 1-0 is too risky.
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Although Jamshedpur FC had at least two great chances to tie the game, particularly through Ishan Pandita, we played better in the second half. We are pleased with our six-game point total of 16, which is excellent in this league.
What is the latest on Laxmikant Kattimani’s injuries? It’s too early to talk about it, but it doesn’t look good. I’d rather keep quiet because I could be mistaken. Let’s examine the nature of the damage since he is unable to place his foot on the ground. There is no doubt that Kattimani will miss a few games.
In the first half, your team appeared to be more cohesive, but that was not the case in the second. What did you talk about during the half? In the first half, we utilised a 4-4-2 formation and played strong defence. But both teams displayed an excessive amount of respect.
In the first half, hardly much happened. Perhaps we needed to play more (combination) football in that area of the field when Bartholomew Ogbeche and Javier Siverio were on the field with us. Javier Siverio played well, but I replaced him with Borja (Herrera). We were able to play better in the second half thanks to Borja.
We didn’t talk about anything other than playing our football during halftime. Even I, who was watching from the sidelines, found the first half of the game to be a little monotonous. Little happened while I was watching the game. Additionally, because we did not generate any clear chances in the first half, it was impossible for us to score a goal.
It Was Impossible for Us to Score a Goal
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After we quickly put the other team on the back foot in the second half, the other team had to adjust, which left openings for our counterattacks. At times, we did a good job of defending. When you score first in this league, you have greater room to attack the opposition. However, if you do not score the second goal, there is always a chance that the score will be tied.
Was losing Laxmikant Kattimani in the first half difficult for the team? Losing a player is never easy, but it is especially difficult when it is the goalkeeper. Regarding Anuj Kumar and Gurmeet Singh, we have confidence. Gurmeet is recuperating and made his first trip with the group (this season). Here we have football. Bans, injuries, and decisions involving 25 to 26 players are common in football.
You’ve now defeated each Hero ISL team with this victory. Does that change anything? I am aware that this is the case, but I did not consider it. Jamshedpur FC are a highly challenging team to play against. I recall that in our earlier encounters, we drew 0-0 and 1-1, and in the most recent game, they triumphed 3-0. It’s true that we beat every team in the Hero ISL after arriving at the right time before the opposition. Our upcoming match versus Kerala Blasters FC is crucial for us.