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ISL 2017: Bengaluru FC’s Albert Roca - Better not to talk about refereeing

5:11 PM GMT 17/12/2017
Albert Roca Bengaluru FC ISL 4 2017/2018
The former Barcelona assistant coach defended his choice of players in the starting eleven against Chennaiyin FC…

Bengaluru FC suffered their first home defeat this season in the Indian Super League (ISL) as they went down 2-1 to Chennaiyin FC.

The JSW-owned outfit had zero shots on target in the first half which only highlighted their troubles in front of goal.

“We did one mistake in the beginning and then one in the final minutes. But we tried to come back in the game, and Sunil (Chhetri) had a fine opportunity in the beginning of the second half to hit back. We tried to do too much in the last minutes. We have not produced what we wanted to and it's a shame that we could not score.

“We have to be more careful, with set-pieces and cannot concede in chaos. But that's football, we have to learn,” were the words of Bengaluru FC coach Albert Roca in the aftermath of the derby.

The Spaniard made as many as six changes to his starting line-up party due to the fact that this was their second match in four days.

“We had an important game in Pune. I have to manage my squad well. I tried to put my players who were in shape. We cannot say that things were not good in the middle. We have to continue with this rotation policy as it will make my squad stronger. We cannot play like this and so we have to also think about it and try to find out what is better for the next game,” reasoned Roca.

He further spoke about the incident at the end of the game where players from both teams were engaged in a scuffle.

:We have to learn to relax a bit. It was a derby, everybody wants to win it. They have not respected (us). It’s a shame. For us, it is always important to know to have the same attitude if you win or lose. Laughing in your face is not the right professional attitude.”

The referee committed several blunders in the game. To start off, Harmanjot Khabra should have been sent-off for a second bookable offence inside the box in the 22nd minute. Late in the game, Chhetri was bundled over Inigo Calderon and no free-kick was awarded.

“It's better for me not to talk about that. I might say something that is not correct. We have to be kind to them. They are also human beings and they make errors,” he mentioned.

Chennaiyin FC’s physicality was a bit too much for the Bengaluru FC midfielders to handle and Roca was questioned whether he expected the opponents to play in a similar fashion.

“They have strong players, tough players. For the first goal, it's easy to combat when you have strong players. I did not expect to concede so early. We tried to manage the situation, but we have lost three points. Next time, we will try to win for the supporters who were there till the last minute,” signed off Roca.

Bengaluru FC next face Jamshedpur FC on Thursday evening as Roca will want his side to get back to winning ways.