Molina: 'Our attacking record is quite positive'

Atletico de Kolkata has one of the best attacking records in the tournament and this aspect kept its coach Jose Molina positive about more good results in the future.

“We have the second best record of having shots on target (47) in the tournament. This is a healthy sign and we hope to continue with our attacking style of football,” Molina said.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

Atletico de Kolkata has one of the best attacking records in the tournament and this aspect kept its coach Jose Molina positive about more good results in the future. “According to the statistics available to me we have the second best record of having shots on target (47) in the tournament. This is a healthy sign and we hope to continue with our attacking style of football,” Molina said on Wednesday, ahead of the match against NorthEast United FC.

“We are playing aggressively by defending and attacking well. Sometimes you cannot score or the goalkeeper cannot save but we are giving our best in attack which is reflected in the number of times we are going into the opponent’s box or keeping our shots on target,” Molina added.

The ATK coach, who had been critical of the referees in the past, said the match supervisors are human beings and can commit mistakes. “I can only hope that a referee is the same in his judgement towards us as he is towards the opponent in a match,” Molina reserved his comments.

Nelo Vingada, the coach of NEUFC, said his team is in deep crisis but a revival is not impossible. “I would say that the team has to be reborn to survive in the tournament. The situation is very difficult but not impossible,” Vingada said looking at the four consecutive losses that have plunged the team to the seventh spot in the league table. “We are not making many mistakes but among the few that we make some of them are crucial in determining the result against us. In the real measure our performance so far should have brought us more points,” he added.

Vingada was critical of the tournament fixtures which he found has failed to keep the balance. “You are playing in particular intensity when you have six matches in 20 days. Then suddenly the gap between the matches increase and that takes away competitive edge out of the players. We need to be more judicious in scheduling the matches in future,” Vingada said hoping that his players regain the touch against ATK on Thursday.

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