Having seen his team stroll past a toothless and disorganized Warriors FC side in an AFC Cup tie with a 3-0 win, Mariano Dias was predictably beaming from ear-to-ear when he attended the post-match conference, shortly after full-time.
The Goan refused to take any plaudits for the win though, and felt it was the hard work of his players that had reaped dividends.
“The boys played well and the credit goes to them," Dias said. "They played very good football and I am very happy [for them].”
The Churchill Brothers coach also felt that more than anything that the Warriors were lacking, the Singaporean side had the misfortune of coming up against the Red Machines on a day when they were on song.
“Well, today was our day, and results really depends on that day’s performance," Dias stated. "Possibly, the heat might have affected them.”
Dias believes that his side have a decent chance of making it through to the next stage, after they brought their points tally to four after this latest victory.
“We have played three - drawing, losing and winning one game each - [and] Kitchee [SC] have six points and Semen Padang have seven, so let’s see what happens," he opined.
What was particularly shocking about the result was that Churchill Brothers were missing seven of their regular starters, thanks to injuries and suspension. However, the players that came in did a great job for the side, with Jaison Vales impressing in particular while Balal Arezou and Sunil Chhetri showed promise as a striking pair upfront.
The Red Machines’ coach was hopeful of having all his stars back soon in the team though, and complimented the two strikers for their link-up play.
“Hopefully,the players who were injured will return soon," Dias said.
“Chhetri has performed well but I feel he is still at 80% of his best levels. I thought him and Arezou, both played well."
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