ISL 2017-18: Albert Roca pleased with much improved display in win over ATK

The Spaniard said his side had learned from their errors in previous matches to put in a much better display against ATK....

A sensational strike from skipper Sunil Chhetri helped Bengaluru FC reclaim the top spot in the Indian Super League with a 1-0 victory over ATK on Sunday.

Bengaluru’s heach coach Albert Roca stated the Blues had done enough to win on the night.

“I think the result is fair. We did not make a brilliant game, but enough to win. I think we created enough chances to score. I don’t remember ATK having so many chances. So, I think it’s fair,” he said at the post-match press conference.

The Bengaluru tactician took added comfort in the fact that his defence had kept a clean sheet on the night.

“We were much better today than the other days when we were at home; when we conceded goals in the last minute. We were ready for that and to be better. And I think not only the defence, but altogether they (the players) were much more consistent. And we have not conceded a goal. So (I am) happy for that also,” he commented.

The Spaniard was full of praise for his skipper for his excellently taken goal in the 39th minute of the match.

“Sunil is an outstanding player. Till the time he scored the goal, he was not playing that good. But suddenly you see this is a different type of player. He suddenly appeared and scored a goal like that. It shows that he’s different in this kind of business,” Roca explained.

Roca said moving Chhetri to the middle of the pitch was a conscious decision which had paid dividends.

“We had started him (Chhetri) on the left as we did against Kerala. There we performed very well. I wanted to keep that situation. But after 15-20 minutes, Sunil did not come into the game too much. So, we preferred him to be in the middle. It was a lucky moment. He received the ball when he was in the centre and he shot and scored. So, these things happen, and it was good for me also,” the tactician explained.

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