The Blues boss has admitted that the left-back position has been the weakest link in the team in the absence of Ashique Kuruniyan …
Bengaluru suffered their second trotting loss this season in Indian Super League (ISL) as they lost 0-1 to Jamshedpur on Monday.
The game saw end-to-end action throughout the 90 minutes and both teams had their fair share of chances, but Jamshedpur eventually got the upper hand thanks to Stephen Eze’s goal.
Blues head coach Carles Cuadrat suggested his players fought tooth and nail until the very end, but unfortunately couldn’t achieve the desired result.
“It was really physical but the last game against ATK Mohun Bagan was also very physical. We know there are tough teams and we accept that. As in the last game, we fought to the end to get something but it was not possible. “
Suresh Wangjam is one of the most assiduous players on the Bengaluru squad this season, but Cuadrat rebutted suggestions that his squad depended on the youngster, “We are creating chances with Sunil (Chhetri), Cleiton (Silva) and the number of nine their job, to get space for the wingers. It’s not about Suresh. He’s a great player but we have more players in our squad who can provide us with goals. “
The Blues are struggling defensively, especially on the left side, since Ashique Kuruniyan was injured during Odisha’s match. Rahul Bheke has played as a makeshift left-back in his last two games, but has not been able to give a satisfactory performance.
Cuadrat admitted that the left-back position had been a weak link for his team in their last two games, but suggested that in the absence of a key player like Ashique, the other players need time to to adjust.
“We have a situation with Ashique. We are missing a player who was doing very well. He was one of the best players for us and one of the best left-backs in the league this season. But we have to accept him and now. try to look at other options. I gave Ajith a few minutes and wanted to try him in that position, but it’s a new competition for him and he has to come in slowly, “Cuadrat said.
The Spain coach revealed the halftime conversation he had with his team and suggested that the most important message was not to be frustrated by missed opportunities.
“Football is a dynamic game. When you score a goal you are closer to the second goal and when you lose chances in the first half I told them at half time to be positive and to try to be confident.
“When Sunil missed a goal he looked downcast, like Cleiton and Kristian. I told them to keep working even if they missed chances. It’s dynamic, whenever you don’t score you are stressed, ”Cuadrat said.