In their second game, Goa are up against defending champions Chennaiyin FC. Ahead of the match, coach Sergio Lobera said, “The squad is fit and good. I am confident about my team. Last season we won here (3-2) and we hope we can repeat that result.”
On his team’s style of play, the Spanish coach opined, “I think our style of football makes us strong. We have built the squad based on this style. We are made to play an attacking style of football. As a coach, there are some aspects we have to work on, defence wise. But we play attacking football and we look forward to playing that.”
On opponents Chennaiyin, the FC Goa coach said, “I think if we look at the first XI they played in the first game, they still have three foreigners at the back which is similar to last season. The names might have changed but, I think, Chennai have a strong squad and defensively they will be very strong.”
He continued, “Last season, Chennai had a defensive mentality and we had an attacking mentality and we lost the play-offs against them. In football, everything is about finding the balance and I think we are a team that is attacking. Chennai are very dangerous in set-pieces.”
NorthEast United had scored early against FC Goa and their young goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz was guilty of handling the ball outside the penalty box and give away a free-kick.
On asked if Lobera would continue to play Nawaz in the goal, he said, “The goalkeeper who will start tomorrow, you will know tomorrow. I don’t think that his (Nawaz’s) personal mistake is big. It can happen to anyone. I cannot base my decision on that. I will play the player who is best.”
He added, “When I was 18 years old, I used to make more mistakes than Nawaz.”
FC Goa’s star striker Ferran Corominas started off the season by scoring a brace. When the Spanish striker was asked if he misses Manuel Lanzarote this season, he replied, “Lanzarote was a very good player but we have some good players. I have a good understanding with them and whoever plays in his position, I’m sure they can play as well.”