Juan Ferrando: We made too many mistakes against Persepolis

posted in Contributors by Khel Now on 21st April 2021

posted in Contributors

by Khel Now

on 21st April 2021

Juan Ferrando: We made too many mistakes against Persepolis

FC Goa’s run of 17 unbeaten games came to an end on Tuesday night when they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iranian side Persepolis FC. That, however, was not before scoring the first-ever goal scored by an Indian side

The tactician talked about all of the highlights from the game during the post-match media interaction:

Reaction to match

Juan Ferrando spoke about the game which saw his side tasting defeat for the first time in the competition. He said, “Persepolis is one the best teams in Asia. They are a very good team, it was a very good experience. Of course, I am not happy.

“We made a lot of mistakes in passes, in press, losing the ball in some situations easily. The players were very tired, we played 2-3 players with an injury on the pitch.”

Looking ahead

The tactician insisted that they need to improve and recover in time for a second showdown with the Iranian club. He explained, “Now, for me, most important is the recovery. Because in two days we will play another time with Persepolis. I hope to improve in more details because at the most important thing is the players trying to do their best on the pitch. Playing against Persepolis, it’s only possible to say good words about (them) because they are a very good team.

“I was saying in the dressing room that it’s time to prepare a new plan, the most important is the psychology of the dressing room. We know we’re in the Champions League, we know we need to improve on more points, we know that recovery is very important because in 48 hours we have another game.” he further added in this context.

Thoughts on refereeing

FC Goa gave away two soft penalties in addition to receiving several bookings. Speaking in regard to the refereeing decisions on the night, Juan Ferrando said, “Normally, it’s time to talk about referee’s decisions when you have chances. To be realistic, my team is tired, my team is at the end of its season where they want to think about holidays. We have had to work in the last three games like a team because it’s very important to fight in every game. 

“About referees, for example, two days ago against Al Wahda we had a good opportunity but no, I don’t think it’s a good time to talk about the referees,” the 40-year-old further explained.

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