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Juan Ferrando, FC Goa coach: We have good players but we have to be a team

The Spanish coach believes his team needs to connect better, especially since they have only kept one clean sheet in eight matches …

A rejuvenated FC Goa side that took a six-day break before facing Hyderabad FC on Wednesday are eager to build on their fortuitous victory over Jamshedpur FC.

Juan Ferrando believes that his team has not yet reached top speed and that this will only be possible when individuals focus more on collective production.

“We have to improve game by game, but I think we are not 100%. We have very good players in my team but we have to be a team. It’s difficult because there are a lot of games and not a lot. training (training sessions) and then we have to work under pressure to get three points. “

The Spanish coach believes the meeting against Hyderabad will be difficult but they also have a plan they would like to impose.

“It will be a difficult game because they are very good in transition and positional attack. There are a lot of details when you play against different teams but you have to highlight a few details because they will have more ways of playing.

“I am preparing a plan, but remember that the Hyderabad plan can also be different. Maybe tomorrow they will play 4-4-2 with (Fran) Sandaza and Aridane (Santana). In this case, it is necessary to control the last pass but we do not know the plan of Hyderabad. “

Meanwhile, Goa conceded a handful of goals from set pieces and that’s one of the reasons they were only able to keep one clean sheet, that too against the underperforming team in the league, Odisha FC. But the coach is happy as long as his team scores one more than the opponent.

“In my mind, there are two points. Firstly, I’m not worried if we concede goals, but the most important thing is to score more goals. The second point is about set pieces – for example we conceded three goals on penalties – it’s very important to know why. In my opinion this is very important [for my players] to log in. When we are working on the defensive line it is very important to understand the zones, the space and who is there in the open space. We need time because we have to change game by game. ATK [Mohun Bagan] or Bengaluru, maybe they’re more successful because they’ve worked together year after year.

“We have to find the best position for everyone. It depends on the opponents. for example [Roy] Krishna likes to attack in free space, or [Nerijus] Valskis as a reference. We have to prepare the team at different points. It is therefore necessary to work on these details ”, underlined Ferrando.

The ISL Shield winners have been too reliant on Igor Angulo and to some extent on Jorge Ortiz for goals, but the manager believes it is only a matter of time before the other players come together. wind.

“Now it’s Igor but you see for example against NorthEast [United] Alberto Noguera missed two or three chances, Lenny missed a few chances against Odisha. In the end, I’m happy for Igor and Ortiz. Maybe tomorrow it can be [Alexander] Romario or Edu Bedia in one action. The most important thing is that when we are working on an attack, everyone has opportunities, ”concluded the Goa coach.