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ISL 2018-19: Cesar Ferrando - We need more quality in the final third

11:56 pm AEDT 2/2/19
Cesar Ferrando Jamshedpur FC
The Spanish coach suggested that the team which shall shall drop full points on Sunday might miss out on the play-off berth...

Jamshedpur FC will look to clinch three points when they take on ATK in an Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 clash on Sunday at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.

Speaking about the match, Jamshedpur coach Cesar Ferrando said, “The young players are playing very well. Tomorrow we have to take a step up to win the match. Everyone has to play to their best. It’s important to improve our performance. Farukh (Choudhary) is playing very well. I’m very happy with Jerry (Mawihmingthanga) and (Sumeet) Passi as well.”

Jamshedpur FC under Cesar Ferrando have looked to take the game to the opposition on most occasions however, not often have results gone in their favour as they have drawn eight matches.

“Yes, we have drawn a lot of matches. I think we played very well in many matches but that always isn’t enough to win. We need more quality in the opponent box. We are a good team but if you want to score, you need more quality in the final third. We need to improve our attack. But its football, you can win, draw or lose. Tomorrow (Sunday) if we draw, we need to win the next two matches against Mumbai and Pune. Tomorrow’s draw is only good for the teams occupying the top four spots currently.”

Jamshedpur will miss the services of Tim Cahill who has been ruled out possibly for the rest of the season due to an injury. Carlos Calvo will miss another two matches due to suspension.

“I don’t want to give any excuses. We are going to line-up the best team to play against ATK. If we lose the match, I don’t want an excuse for anything. We are still a very good team regardless of the players we are missing. For me, tomorrow my team is the best team in the world.”

Michael Soosairaj too remains a doubtful starter for Jamshedpur as the winger is down with fever while Raju Gaikwad has picked up a hamstring injury.

“Cahill has suffered an injury and he has gone to Manchester for surgery. He should be back in two-to-three weeks. Raju Gaikwad is suffering from a hamstring injury. (Michael) Soosairaj is down with viral fever and hence, he has no chance of playing,” said the former Atletico Madrid coach.

Ferrando opined that the team which fails to win three points on Sunday might possibly miss out on the play-off berth.

“One of the teams that will lose tomorrow will be out of the play-offs spot. The team which wins will boost their chances of qualifying. There is a lot of competition to be in the top four. But after this match, you can’t lose any more games and have to win all the remaining matches. Tomorrow’s match is very important for the two teams.”