ISL 2017: Albert Roca says Baljit Sahni red-card the game changer in victory over FC Pune City

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The Bengaluru FC boss explained that Pune going down to 10 men played a big role in his side's victory....

After his side maintained their position at the summit of the Indian Super League standings courtesy their 3-1 win away to FC Pune City, Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca was delighted with his team’s performance.

At the post-match press conference, the Spaniard admitted that the red card shown to Pune’s Baljit Sahni was the turning point of the game.

“For sure we are happy about this victory. We knew it would be difficult today. Pune had a very good first half. They had put us in trouble and we could not play the game that we wanted because they played quite good.

“In the second half, we started better and after the red card, things had completely changed. We have a talented team and we took advantage of this situation,” he said

Having seen his team on the receiving end of a sending-off decision themselves in the loss against FC Goa, the Bengaluru boss stated that it is something that can always happen.

“Sometimes we can profit from it (man advantage) and take advantage, and other times it can happen to us. What happened in Goa was a real shame, as we were punished so much. But today the red card changed things for us. But you need to know how to manage the situation, it is not easy,” he said.

The Spaniard said that such errors happen in football and that one has to learn from it.

 “What is important is to fight and to learn these things. I have told my goalkeeper to not make any errors today, but we are human beings. Every time we make mistakes.

“We made a tactical mistake when conceding the first goal. We have talked about so many times about closing down and how our defence is supposed to be close, but it happens.

Roca praised the opposition for their display on the night and pointed out that circumstances were responsible for their defeat.

It’s three points away from home and I am happy. I want to congratulate Pune. They played a good game. It is just that circumstances went against them 100 per cent,” he explained.

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