Dipak Mondal, skipper of United Sports Club, was pleased with the draw against Mumbai FC where their side dominated the proceedings.
On being quizzed if his side were happy with the draw, he elucidated, “That is football. It was a tough away game and we have already lost a game on the road. So it is a point earned.”
“We practice this and it is encouraged by our coach ((Eelco Schattorie). The ground was good too so we got a bit stuck between our teeth. At half-time our coach instructed us on what to try and what to avoid. So I guess it paid off well,” was his opinion on their style of play.
“We aren’t hundred percent fit. We had begun our fitness training late as this is our fifth week. We need to play more matches and thus our fitness will automatically increase.”
Schattorie served his first of the two-match ban following his altercation with the referee in the game against Bengaluru where he was given marching orders. The Dutchman shouted instructions from the stands and Mondal explained that not having an assistant coach in such a scenario was difficult.
“It is a bit troubling if you don’t have a coach on the sidelines instructing you. And it’s even more perplexing once you don’t have an assistant coach. So we heard whatever our coach shouted at us and tried to play whatever way he instructed us to do so.”
“We sat back after we scored our goal. So their chance for the goal was a defensive lapse.”
Mondal refused to set a target for his side and believes that it will be decided upon during the course of the season.
“It’s a little too early and difficult to say so. We have started behind a lot of teams in terms of fitness levels. So it’s far too early to say where we could end up. Possibly after a few more games we will get a better idea.”
Finally, he concluded by offering his view on the scuffle that broke out at the end of the game. “It’s was a tough heated game and sparks are but obviously going to fly. So we follow our mantra of clearing up football matters on the ground than taking it outside the pitch. It’s no big deal, these things keep happening in football games.”
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