Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca was appreciative of their opponents FC Pune City, after the teams played out a 1-1 draw at the Sree Kanteerava stadium in Bengaluru in an Indian Super League (ISL) clash on Friday.
The 55-year-old stated after the game, "Pune has shown that if you give them a little space, they have very good players like Marcelinho, (Emiliano) Alfaro and even Marko (Stankovic), who can break the lines with one pass,” Roca remarked.
"Today it was even more difficult because they were leading from the beginning. They (Pune) were lucky I think in their goal, but it made life more difficult for my team. Because they were much more organised in defence. It was difficult for us to find the right solutions."
After trailing for large parts of the game, Bengaluru came up with a response in the second half and managed to conjure up an equaliser.
"In the second half, we had to push and not make mistakes. It was difficult for the defence because sometimes it was two against two. But we took the risk and we finally equalised. I think it’s fairer than to lose," Roca remarked.
The Spaniard was also appreciative of Thonkhosiem Haokip's efforts after coming on as a substitute. "Yes, I am happy with Semboi’s (Haokip) performance,” he stated. “When the coaches try to change something, we have to depend on these players to be motivated. Semboi had scored in the AFC Cup, so I supposed he would go there with a good mentality. So, it’s true that he did a good job and I am happy for him.”
Roca also had a word on the refereeing before he concluded. "Sometimes, the refereeing may seem hard on us," he said.
"What I want is for them to be fair and to do a good job. It would be crucial to not make a mistake in the playoffs. But, it is more important for us to not make mistakes."