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“We have 16 points, we deserve 16 points” – Hyderabad boss Manuel Marquez calls for focus ahead of Odisha draw


The Spaniard felt that the Nizams had achieved their best game of the season in the goalless draw against Mumbai City…

Hyderabad FC manager Manuel Marquez is not worried about the standings as he takes on Odisha FC in the current Indian Super League (ISL) on Tuesday night.

They are currently fourth in the standings ahead of Chennaiyin FC’s game against East Bengal on Monday. Hyderabad could drop to fifth place if Chennaiyin gets a victory in this game. However, Marquez is unfazed.

He also called his side’s 0-0 draw against Mumbai City last weekend “one of Hyderabad’s most complete games this season,” but added that there was a long way to go. Browse.

“We are focusing on this game without giving importance to the table. I don’t really think that “if we win this game we will be in the top four” or “if Chennaiyin wins today, we will be out of the league. first four ”.

“Our team’s confidence is better after this game (Mumbai City), but we have to stay calm and be careful because we have only played 11 games and have nine more. We did not get a clean sheet in our second game (0-0 against Bengaluru). I think the players understood the game plan and played in a very compact way. Mumbai couldn’t find any space between our lines and we deserved this blank sheet, ”he said.

Hyderabad started the season with an unbeaten five-game streak and, after three straight losses, amassed a good run of points that saw them collect seven points in their last three games.

“All the moments of the season are important. When you start well, it’s fantastic because you can add points. After three defeats, [when] the team reacts, it is also a very important moment. Normally, in the second leg, getting good results is more difficult because all the teams try to give their best performance, ”said Marquez.

“We have 16 points. We deserve 16 points and the past is not important in this situation. What’s important is the way the team plays. We could have more or less points because you always remember when you deserve more and forget the other. situations. “

On the other hand, Odisha languishing at the bottom of the table makes no difference for the Hyderabad coach who believes that any team can beat any ISL team.

“The first game of the first leg (against Odisha) was very different. I remember that Jacob Tratt, Vinit Rai, Jerry (Mawihmingthanga) were not in the team (unavailable for selection). In this match, we played better than Odisha but in the end only won 1-0 from the penalty spot. Odisha, in the last [few] games, play better. I know they are down but we know that against all teams you can win or lose.

“If we want to handle the situation until the end of the season, we have to continue with this line step by step. After Odisha, Jamshedpur, then Bengaluru. I know everyone is saying “you can lose to Mumbai and win to Odisha” “We could win against Mumbai and we can draw or lose to Odisha if we don’t focus on the match,” Marquez said.

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