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ISL 2016: Atlético de Kolkata coach, José Molina wishes to keep possession against Mumbai City FC


Mumbai City FC have won both their games, while Atletico de Kolkata have drawn one and won one.

Jose Molina
Jose Molina has led Atletico de Kolkata to one win and one draw so far (Images courtesy of ISL)

Atlético de Kolkata will be up against Mumbai City FC on Tuesday knowing that either of the teams could potentially see their undefeated run come to an end. Kolkata coach, José Francisco Molina believes that it will be an extremely tough game.

“We know we come to play against a strong team. They’ve won both their matches and kept clean sheets. We have to be at our best but we’ll try to win. Both of us have similar styles. It will be an interesting match,” he said.

No plan for Diego Forlan, says Molina

Asked if his team has any specific plans for Mumbai’s star striker Diego Forlan, the coach said that his side plans on playing a possession-oriented game and will hope that Mumbai do most of the chasing in the match.

“No, we don’t have a special plan for Diego. We’ll try to play the game that we want. If we can keep possession, then defending will be less important. Initially, we will have to defend. I don’t like to focus on one man,” the coach explained.

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Molina stated that Kolkata’s objective is to always attack irrespective of where they’re playing. “We try to play the same game when we’re playing at home and away. Yes, it also depends on the situation but we try and play the same. If you think we are the quicker team, I don’t know. Maybe we are,” Molina said.

We will attack them: Jose Molina

Mumbai haven’t conceded a goal in their two matches and Molina emphasised that his team will have to be extremely efficient in attack.

“We know it will be difficult to score goals because they are defending well. But we have scored three goals in two matches. We had many chances to score. We will try to attack them. When we get the chance to score, we have to take advantage of it”, the Atlético de Kolkata coach explained.

We might not have too many chances. So it is important we take whatever chances we get,” he added.

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Lastly, he spoke about how Atlético de Kolkata is shaping up as a team and his views on the performance of his side till date.

“Yes, I am absolutely happy with the players. Of course, as a coach you can always see something to improve upon. You’re never absolutely happy. But I am satisfied with the performance of my team. We are trying to improve every day. In attack and defence. We want to score more goals and suffer less,” he concluded.

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