"Delhi were better than us, so the result is best for us" says FC Pune City coach Antonio Habas
FC Pune City drew away from home against the Delhi Dynamos during Thursday's ISL game. Pune's coach Antonio Habas was relatively happy with the scoreline, especially with Edel Bete's brilliant performance. Speaking after the game, he said "The goalkeeper did well and Delhi were better than us, so the result is best for us".
FC Pune City despite having a poor first half capitalised on a defensive mistake by Delhi Dynamos goalkeeper Soram Anganba as Tato gave them the lead totally against the run of play, "The first half, our team was really out of the match and Delhi were better than us so in the second half we improved and we had some chances to score and nothing else, and sometimes the goalkeeper has only one save but today he had seven-eight saves but that is his job and Delhi were better but the score was 1-1. The first 45 minutes were bad for us but luckily we scored".
With teams having to play every two to three days as per the schedule Habas thinks his side couldn’t be expected to play at a high tempo playing every two to three days, "After the last game in Pune, the team is a bit tired so we can't expect them at full pace in 3-4 days, so I guess we need to continue working and putting in the effort for us to score and if you see there is not much difference in points between the team at the top of the table and the lower teams."
Last season Chennaiyin FC notoriously started the season in slumber, but they clicked through the gears quickly and eventually ended as champions, Antonio Habas thinks his can do something similar, "I remember last season Chennaiyin had a bad start losing a lot of games, and we are working because our marquee player came in the first week of October and the team is also 90% new but we are working."
When asked to comment on the studs-up tackle by Milan Singh on Momo Sissoko (for which the Indian youngster was yellow carded), Antonio Habas was careful in choosing his words (he seems to have learnt from his time away from the touchline), "I don't mean to speak about the referees but sometimes the referees don't differentiate between a violent tackle and a hard tackle, so most probably sometimes we have a big problem or injury because of a violent tackle and the referees don't seem to realise this, the difference between a violent and a non-violent tackle and I am very worried about that".
FC Pune City play strugglers FC Goa on the 3rd of November at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune.