The Hyderabad FC manager expects fierce competition from Bengaluru FC…
Hyderabad FC have drawn in each of their last three Indian Super League (ISL) matches and currently sit fourth in the table with 18 points from 13 matches.
Coach Manuel Marquez, however, isn’t too worried about his squad’s sudden drop in form as he believes all teams have a good chance of securing a play-off spot.
“I think the competition is very even,” Marquez said. “There are a lot of dummies. All the teams are fighting for the top four. All the teams have a good chance. We have to think game by game. After two wins we drew with Mumbai. Against Odisha, we should have killed the match. in the first half. We had few chances but clear chances against Jamshedpur. We could have won the game. I don’t know if we will miss these points at the end of the championship. “
The Spain manager was happy that his side kept a clean sheet in their last game against Jamshedpur FC but felt that Hyderabad’s attack needed to improve.
“Sometimes we concede goals and people say we play too much on the transitions. It’s our style. Sometimes with more possession we don’t concede a lot of chances. With a clean sheet, you don’t lose matches. But we have to do it. improve our attack, ”said the Hyderabad coach.
Guardian Shankar Roy recently jumped off the ship to join Hyderabad on loan from East Bengal while Subrata Paul went the other way. The Hyderabad coach praised the Bengali goalkeeper and suggested Roy is good with the feet, something he admires.
“Shankar (Roy) is a good goalkeeper. He’s good with the feet and he’s quick. He is young and can play well with our style. I am very happy with the team with four goalkeepers. We have this post covered.
Bengaluru FC are winless in their last seven outings but Marquez remained cautious ahead of facing the Blues as he felt the team were up at the moment.
“When Bengaluru has the ball we have to make sure they don’t come into our box in danger. We didn’t have too many chances in the last game. But the chances we had were very clear.
“I can only speak good things about Bengaluru. They’re trying to get the old style back. Moosa is doing a good job. They play better. They shot the post and Kerala scored. It’s a very good team. ”
The former Las Palmas manager has praised the Indian contingent in Hyderabad by suggesting he hopes some of his players will join the Indian national team soon.
“I want some players to join the national team. Certainly some players deserve to play for the national team. Most of them play regularly for the first time in the ISL. They are full of talent. If I’m in India until the end of March, I’ll try to be in the game against Qatar. With all the foreigners, the Indians may have played fewer games. But they have quality. If you watch them in training, you can understand. This is great news for Indians. football because there are a lot of fantastic young players. We really enjoy every workout. “