Bengaluru FC came back from behind to beat ATK 2-1 in their fourth match of 2018-19 Indian Super League (ISL) on Wednesday in Kolkata.
Komal Thatal’s strike had put ATK in front but Miku’s brilliant free-kick restored parity at the stroke of halftime. Erik Paartalu scored the second goal at the beginning of the second half to seal crucial away points for the Blues.
Speaking on the turning point of tonight’s match, Bengaluru coach Carles Cuadrat opined, “I think it was better for us to score before half-time. Miku’s goal was very, very important. It was part of my half-time talk. The brilliant technicality of our player made for a great moment. We were lucky to score again after the 2nd half started. The first goal was crucial.”
Bengaluru FC registered third win in their fourth match in ISL this season. On the win against ATK, the Spaniard opined, “I think today was a very good occasion for us. We can learn a lot from this game. We had to fight a lot to get all three points. ATK demanded us to be very, very focused on defence. The precision we had in pre-season games allowed us to play tight today.
"I’m happy with the attitude and work of the players. I’m happy because we’ve moved the ball forward with intensity and have created chances. The other team was putting 3-4 players in front, but we defended well as well. I’m happy they didn’t score. Yet they had chances to make it 2-2. The result makes us stronger as a team.”
Cuadrat was all praise for ATK youngster Komal Thatal who scored his maiden goal in ISL tonight. He said, “I feel he’s a very good talent. He has a nice future in front of him. He took advantage of that situation. We work a lot on our defensive line. I think Nishu should have been closer to the central defender. I feel it was a very good pass and a very good goal. So I have nothing to say as it was a very good action from the other team.”
Bengaluru next face FC Goa and Kerala Blasters. Carles remained cautious ahead of two very difficult away fixtures. He said, “We know that these are two stadiums were you have to go and you have to suffer. You are facing two very good teams in Kerala and Goa. Our players are working a lot to get all three points against them. Let’s see that whether the momentum we got from here can improve us as a team then.”