Jeje was out of form and overdoing things - Pune FC coach Derrick Pereira

The Pune FC gaffer explained his decision to make as many as five changes to his lineup against Sporting Clube de Goa...
Derrick Pereira was pleased with his side, as Pune FC picked three points playing away to Sporting Clube de Goa whom they defeated 2-1 in the eighth round of the I-League.

In the last match between the two sides, it was the Goans who emerged victorious with a margin of 4-2, while Pereira played down the motive of "revenge" in Tuesday's match.

"I don't play for revenge, I play to win the match and I told the players also to play with that attitude," said the 50-year-old after the match.

"After the last few disappointing performances, we had the pressure to get these points. Under pressure, I think we responded well," he added, having returned to winning ways after dropping two points against United Sikkim FC in the previous week.

Pereira made as many as five changes to his lineup from the team that started against United Sikkim and it wasn't surprising one bit given that he had admitted in his post-match conference after the 2-2 draw that many of his players not performing to their optimum levels.

"Two reasons for that (changes) is because we played on the 24th, we traveled immediately after that with just one day rest. The players needed recovery. Two (second reason) that some players had to be rested because certain players were out of form in the previous match. By resting them I tell them to get better in the future.

"I think we could have done better with the ball. We were playing under pressure in the previous match, but with a beautiful ground like this, we have got some good players who can move the ball well," he explained.

Jeje Lalpekhlua didn't have the best outing against United Sikkim where he missed a crucial penalty in the second half. The India international was dropped from the starting eleven in favour of Subhash Singh who came up with two vital strikes for his side and eventually led them to a victory.

"Besides being out of form, he was overdoing things, so that is the reason we asked him to take some rest and come back fresh," Pereira reasoned.

With Arata being eligible to play for the Indian national team, Pereira was asked whether the former Mahindra United player could make it into the squad of Wim Koevermans.

"He is eligible to play for India. It’s up to the [India] coach. It all depends upon what type of football are the coaches playing. Arata has got some qualities, like he is physically strong. If the national team coach wants a physically strong player, then he will look for him," he concluded.

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