The East Bengal coach claimed that conceding a late goal against the Kerala Blasters did not affect team morale …
In pursuit of their first Indian Super League (ISL) victory, Robbie Fowler’s East Bengal faces Chennaiyn FC on Boxing Day at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa.
The Rouge et Or are struggling in their first ISL season as they languish at the bottom of the standings with two points from their opening six games. They came excruciatingly close to registering their first win of the season in their final game against the Kerala Blasters, but Jeakson’s dying equalizer ruined their party.
Coach Robbie Fowler, however, claimed that conceding a last minute goal against the Kerala Blasters did not affect the mentality of the players and he hopes to get a positive result against Chennaiyin.
“The morale of the team is really good. Sometimes we’re unlucky and it’s a shame that you concede a goal at the last minute but our guys did a great job. We had a lot of chances and we could have won the game quite convincingly but football is like that. There are ups and downs and we’ve had a lot of downs so far but the morale of the guys is bright and I hope we have a lot of ups from the next game, ”said the East Bengal gaffer.
Goal previously revealed that the Red and Gold have decided to release nine Indian players from their squad and will send them out on loan for the remainder of the season.
Justifying the decision to send players on loan midway through the season, the great Liverpool player said the decision was made in the club’s best interests and he would be happy to see all nine players shine in their loan and prove him wrong.
“We are bringing new names to the team. We are always looking for available players and we believe we can benefit the team. We’re trying to bring in one or two players, obviously I can’t say who. As for the guys. that came out, we got to watch over a five to six week period and just felt like we weren’t going to play them that much.
“So I’m not the one who is mean and vindictive. This is the best thing for the club. We are trying to get the best results for this club and we believe that some of the players who are not playing can elsewhere and get matches. It is not pleasant and someone has to make the decisions and the decision is mine to make. My job is to try to get the best possible results, to bring the best people into the club.
“Everyone had an opportunity. People will say he didn’t play this game but every day is an opportunity. The training sessions are a huge opportunity to show the rest of the staff how they can be and I can’t say it. that he hadn’t had the opportunity. We think what I have now may be in a better place and it’s not me that is derogatory against the players.
“I have a lot of time with all the players who were going on loan but now I told them it was an opportunity to go play games. This is an opportunity for you to go and prove me wrong. And that’s all. I can do.”
The former England international also cited an example from his own career to motivate the nine players who are leaving the club.
“I can talk about my own life. I had played for Liverpool for a number of years and obviously I didn’t want to leave but eventually had to because I needed to play games and my ethic was to show the manager exactly what that you miss. It’s up to these players to play in the ISL or the I-League and prove that my decision was wrong for them. say you made a mistake there. “
Fowler praised opposition manager Csaba Laszlo and suggested he considers Chennaiyin a very difficult opponent to face.
“Their manager (Chennaiyin) (Csaba Laszlo) is someone I admire when it comes to what he achieved in the game. He has a strong team, a few great players. Our job is to stop their great players and it’s difficult because good The players shine. Chennaiyin also has consistency. They have been doing this for many years now. A good solid team, a good solid manager and it will be difficult to break them. But we have to go out there, believe in ourselves and give the best of ourselves and we will try to get all three points, ”said the British coach.