ISL 2020-21: It was a very satisfying season for all of us at Hyderabad FC, says coach Marquez

ISL 2020-21: Hyderabad FC coach Manolo Marquez lauded praise on his squad after its fifth place finish in the Indian Super League. The side made a remarkable comeback this term after finishing at the bottom last season.

Manolo Marquez

Manolo Marquez's Hyderabad FC finished fifth in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) this season, racking up 29 points from 20 games.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Hyderabad FC coach Manolo Marquez says he is immensely proud of his boys after the team finished fifth in the seventh edition of the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21).

The Nizams racked up 29 points from 20 games, winning six, losing three and drawing the rest.

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“It has been a very satisfying season for all of us at HFC. Yes, we need to be more ambitious and look beyond the next game only,” Marquez said during a media interaction here on Wednesday.

“The message to the boys was clear. Show that there is a change in the attitude and the fact that we came so close to making it to the semifinal (after the disappointment of finishing at the bottom of the table in the debut season last year) is proof of that,” he said.

 

He added, “Frankly, we tried to improve with each game. And, (we) cannot specifically pin point as to what went wrong in eventually not making it to the knock-out phase.”

Talking about his take aways from the season, he said, “There are definitely a lot of gains this season even there are areas with scope for improvement like in set-pieces in attack and shoring up the defence.

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“Honestly, the competition is equal right through this edition. Yes, too many draws were the issue of debate for us. But, we were definitely closer to winning a few more games than the opponents.”

The Spaniard also said that the bio-bubble experience was challening. “The biggest challenge has been the bio-bubble. It was never easy as 24x7 we were either on the pitch or in the dressing room or in the hotel. But, I must say the relationship between the support staff and each and every member has been truly incredible,” he said.

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“At the end of it all, six HFC players making it to the Indian camp makes all of us really proud. They are quality players deserving bigger exposure,” he added.

 

On the issue of picking local talent in the HFC squad, Marquez said that efforts will be made to identify local players for the next season.

“I hope to come back next season much stronger and with improved performances,” he said.