The Dutch coach of the Purple Brigade stressed that his team's fitness levels need to improve...
United Sports Club tasted their first defeat in this season’s I-League campaign, when they went down 1-0 to Bengaluru FC on Sunday.
Eelco Schattorie, the coach of the Kolkata club, pointed that his squad aren’t in the best shape physically and need to improve on that front.
“We have nothing but fitness to blame. We were not sharp. They were good in defense and the goal scored was also good," he opined.
John Johnson scored the solitary goal of the fixture early into the game with goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee at fault for failing to judge the flight of the ball.
"I always believe that a goalkeeper should commit to coming out and punching those chances away," he remarked.
Schattorie was critical of the opposition’s style of play and mentioned, “I'm disappointed with the way Bengaluru FC played. Most of the game was played in their half.”
Ranti Martins wasn’t in his best form as he fluffed an opportunity at the start of the second half. The Dutch coach acknowledged the same and said, "Ranti was not at his best. I even thought of substituting him but we didn't have a strong enough bench.”
Schattorie was given marching orders by referee Vishnu Chauhan after a heated argument between the coach and the fourth official. It didn’t come as a surprise as the coach didn’t mince words to describe the official’s decision.
"I'm disappointed with the fourth official. I think he wanted to do something interesting and maybe go home and tell his wife that he sent the coach off," he said.