It’s been a never ending misery for FC Pune City since the start of the fifth season of Indian Super League (ISL) and the game against Chennaiyin FC was no different.
Interim manager Pradhyum Reddy was pleased with his team’s first half performance in the 2-4 loss and pointed out that there have been certain improvements.
“I don’t think the boys are fit enough to play good football for 90 minutes. We have played well for 45 minutes even against Goa but the fitness is an issue and it’s something we have to work on. We have to fix things in a short period of time. We are playing three matches in ten days. We have fixed the defensive organisation, I think we were very organised in the first half.
“Our defence was very compact and difficult to break down and we were also creating chances. That enabled us to go with a one-goal lead at half-time, similar to the Goa game. But as you could see in the second half, there were a few concentration errors, fatigue, lack of concentration during the first two goals. We lacked a leader who could calm things down and protect the lead. Twenty minutes of madness and we lost the game.”
Marcelinho was sent off in injury time after lunging into Germanpreet Singh unnecessarily. The Brazilian has always let his emotions get the better of him on the pitch and Reddy is not happy about missing another key player after losing Diego Carlos to a suspension and Marko Stankovic to injury.
“You don’t want to lose your key players at this stage of the tournament. We have already lost Diego for three games in this season and Marko Stankovic is out with an injury. Marcelinho’s tackle was easily avoidable, it was an unnecessary one and now we have lost him for a crucial tie against ATK.”
Young Kamaljit Singh had an outing to forget against the defending champions but his coach sprung to his defence and said that three of the four goals could not have been prevented.
“It is difficult for any young goalkeeper to be in this situation. We have a lot of young players in the squad and we need to give them the experience. Kamaljit Singh started for us last season in three games and he did a good job. He did well against Kerala and in the first half today. His concentration switched off for the second goal and it was his mistake. I don’t see any other goal as a goalkeeping error.”