The Hyderabad coach also expects the FC Goa forward to be ISL’s top scorer this season …
Hyderabad went through a rough patch as they suffered successive defeats for Mumbai City and Kerala blasters respectively, before embarking on the confrontation against FC Goa. However, coach Manuel Marquez isn’t too concerned about his squad’s recent form and believes his men can change their fortunes.
“It’s normal in football. Sometimes you’re in a good situation. We were undefeated in the first five games and now two straight losses. We have to make a comeback as soon as possible. We are working on that and see if we can win against FC Goa tomorrow (Wednesday).
“They are young players in general. Of course, they are sad because they have lost two games in a row. In 20 games we have been playing good and bad games but I am not happy with the performance, especially at the start of the game against Kerala. Otherwise, we are satisfied with the work of the players, ”he said.
The Nizams haven’t scored in back-to-back matches, but the Spaniard is happy his side are creating scoring opportunities and believes the goals will come sooner rather than later.
“Against Mumbai we didn’t create too many chances but the other day (against Kerala) we had very good chances, especially two from Aridane (Santana) in the first half and just before scoring the second goal, Albino (Gomes) made a good save on a good shot from Fran (Sandaza) who could have made it 1-1.
“It’s difficult. The problem is if you don’t create chances. Of course, for example, in the last training session (before the Kerala game) we scored a lot of goals with so many ‘exercises, but in the end in the game we didn’t get to score. It’s football. Let’s see what happens in the next matches. “
They have also fled goals at the back which, as they have conceded six times in the last three games, compared to two in the top four. But the former Las Palmas manager is hoping his defenders will hold their place against FC Goa.
“You have to analyze the teams. East Bengal scored two goals from two shots on target. Mumbai had three shots on target. Maybe Kerala had more shots on target. You had two clean sheets in the first two games and now you have conceded in five straight games. Let’s see tomorrow if we can get another clean sheet. “
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The Nizams also signed a loan from attacking midfielder Roland Alberg by Dutch team Roda JC Kerkrade and the manager believes the new addition will compliment his team.
“He (Alberg) is a very good player as an attacking midfielder. He played in the (Dutch) second division after playing in Major League Soccer (Philadelphia Union, 2016-17) in the United States. He’s not only very good at set pieces, but technically a very good player to play our style of football with the other players on the team. “
The 52-year-old named Igor Angulo to be the season’s top scorer and reckoned the Gaurs would finish in the top four.
“Igor Angulo is a very good player. If he’s in good shape, for me he will be the league’s top scorer. He doesn’t need too many chances to score. He’s very smart in the box with very good moves. He comes at the right time and plays right in the offside line. He has shown his level in another league in Poland as well as. A player like him is difficult to score because he does not touch the ball for many minutes but for the decisive moments for the goals.
“I think apart from the game against Chennaiyin which they (Goa) deserved to lose, they showed a good level. When you’re an attacking team, you can have problems defending. We’re strong in defense, It’s hard to create (a lot) of chances. Goa has an attacking style. They come in with a lot of players when they attack. It’s not just about Angulo, Brandon (Fernandes ), Romario (Jesuraj), Edu Bedia or Lenny (Rodrigues) They are among the favorite teams to be classified in the top 4. It will be a difficult match but we will have our chances of winning, ”he concluded.