ISL 2018-19: Cesar Ferrando - I like how the Indian national team plays

The high profile Spanish coach spoke highly about the Indian national team and Indian football overall…

Jamshedpur FC face NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) season five on Thursday at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati.

The Men of Steel are currently placed in the fourth position in the league table just behind opponents NorthEast United with five points from three matches.

Cesar Ferrando’s men will look forward to getting back to winning ways after back-to-back draws against Bengaluru FC and ATK.

Ahead of the match, Jamshedpur coach Cesar Ferrando said, “Every game is different. The next two or three games are very important. The team is improving every day. This is a strong league, we have to play 18 matches. Tomorrow we are going to play a team who is at the top. From the first match until now my team has improved. But we have to keep on improving. I am very happy with the team overall. As the league progresses we should commit fewer mistakes.”

On opponents NorthEast United, the Spanish coach opined, “We will be facing a good team tomorrow. Every match is different and so we have to choose the players accordingly. We try to play short passes but every game is different. We have to play long passes too if needed. The most important thing is to win the match.”


The former Atletico Madrid coach spoke highly about Indian national team and praised his Indian contingent for showing significant improvement since he took over the team. 

He said, “From the first day until today all the Indian players in my squad are improving. I liked the game of the national team. India have some good players like Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh. Gurpreet is a very good goalkeeper. Indian players are very good. This league is a very strong league. You need to take the right approach to improve the standard further.”

Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Michael Soosairaj have featured extensively under Ferrando. He believes that while the duo have played well, there is scope for improvement.

"Jerry and Soosairaj are good players, they are working very, they have to improve. Sometimes they run a lot. You have to understand that sometimes you have to run and sometimes slow down. It is important to know when you have to run and when you have to stop.”

On the areas Jamshedpur needs to improve, Ferrando opined, “We have to play together. All players must keep improving together. Even if we are at the top we still have to improve. All top teams in the world need improvement.”