Fatorda, Goa, 20 January: Mohun Bagan have dropped five points in their last two games but coach Antonio Habas insists that his team was under ‘no added pressure’ as they take on Chennaiyin in the Hero Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium on Thursday, .
The Spaniard was quick to defend the team’s attackers and said: “We need to find the right balance between attack and defence. I wouldn’t prefer scoring and conceding 25 goals. That’s not good for me.”
Roy Krishna, their main attacking outlet, scored 5 goals in his first 6 matches but since then, he has scored just one in the last five. When questioned about the Fijian’s form, Habas quipped: “Don’t worry this situation will happen. I don’t have any problem. This is football.”
“We have to continue our work. Our idea is to get three points in every match. After that we can think about the playoffs,” Habas added.
The last time the two teams met, they split points after a goalless draw.
Meanwhile, good defensive performances have kept Csaba Laszlo’s team in contention for a playoffs berth. Chennaiyin has already kept more clean sheets than they did in the entire last season. However, their progress has been marred by injuries during the campaign, with Rafael Crivellaro being the latest casualty.
“I know my team and I know the actual situation in the team. We lost our captain Rafael Crivellaro. Rafa was an important piece of the puzzle in the system and he was voted one of the best players last season,” said Laszlo.
“We are fighting with injuries. We are fighting with some kind of (bad) luck. But we are not complaining. I can take everything positively. You have to make the best out of the team,” he added.