Guimaraes: 'Draw a fair result'

"I don't think we were fortunate. We made some adjustments after they scored, and played better in the second half," said Mumbai City FC coach Alexandre Guimaraes after the match.

Mumbai City FC coach Alexandre Guimaraes is a happy man after his side's performances against Atletico Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC.   -  Vivek Bendre

Mumbai City FC head coach Alexandre Guimaraes said that his team didn't just get "fortunate" to secure a 1-1 draw versus Chennaiyin FC here on Wednesday.

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"I don't think we were fortunate. We made some adjustments after they scored, and played better in the second half. Even with the way we played in the first half, we knew we cannot lose from there. I think it's a fair result; a well-earned point for us. For them, it may not be so," said the manager.

He added that the result adds to the confidence of his team. "After an away win against Kolkata in the last game, this draw versus the defending champions now, is definitely a confidence booster for us."

Syed Sabir Pasha, Chennaiyin's assistant coach, and acting team manager for the match in the absence of suspended head coach Marco Materazzi, said that the team was "disappointed" with the result. "The way we played initially, we knew we were deserving of those three points. It's unfortunate we didn't get it. But, the boys played like winners on the field," he added.

On his team's stand-out performer Jeje Lalpekhlua, he said, "Marco knows how to use him well. He knows when to field him, and Jeje has a knack to do well whenever he's fielded."

"It was a great opportunity for me. I thank Marco for letting me monitor the match. It was all about communicating your thoughts to, and motivating, the players from the sideline," he said, when asked of his maiden experience as an acting manager," added the assistant coach.

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