I-League 2017: Bengaluru FC's Albert Roca - Mumbai FC were wasting time on the pitch

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A furious Albert Roca spoke on the below par officiating and expressed his disappointment with the time wasting tactics of the opponents...

Defending champions Bengaluru FC were restricted to a draw by hosts Mumbai FC on Saturday evening. Both sides created ample chances but failed to convert any due to lack of finishing.

Head coach Albert Roca was understandably gutted with the result. The Spaniard believed his side was unfortunate to not register any goals despite a satisfactory performance.

''We are frustrated with the result. It’s not just this game, it’s happened before too. But nonetheless, I am happy with the performance of the players, they did a good job. I have no complaints. We were just unlucky. For most parts of the game, we had the counter and created a lot of chances. It’s one of days when you create chances but it’s just not enough. It’s a shame,'' he expressed.

The goalless draw meant The Blues are winless in six games. Commenting on the woeful run, Roca stated that the JSW-owned franchise won't give up until the end of the league.

''We have intentions of playing to win but the outcome hasn’t been achieved. But we will never surrender. We shall try until the end of the season to achieve our results,'' asserted the 54-year-old.

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Further, Roca mentioned how the lack of clinical finishing has cost the side several points, this season. He explained saying, ''In most of our games, we have created more chances than the opponents. But the ball has to enter the net to score, right? That’s the simplest thing in football but the most difficult for us, right now.''

The Bengaluru FC boss was annoyed with the officiating in the tie. Roca claimed Santosh Kashyap and company tried wasting time on the pitch and the referee chose to overlook it. Also, Roca mentioned that the decisions were inaccurate and need to be checked upon.

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''In the second half, I don’t understand why Mumbai were allowed to use all the minutes (to waste) but only three minutes were added on to compensate. Three minutes, that’s it? Three minutes is what it takes for a substitute to come on. What about the other minutes which they (Mumbai FC) were permitted on the pitch?

"Mumbai were trying to waste time. The officiating is not acceptable. This is not an excuse. This needs to be checked upon because it happens only in India,'' he signed off.