ISL 2018-19: Delhi Dynamos' Josep Gombau not feeling the pressure despite loss

Josep Gombau
The Spanish coach projected a confident picture despite falling to a defeat against Mumbai City...

Delhi Dynamos are now winless in five games in the Indian Super League (ISL) after their 2-0 defeat to the Islanders. But head-coach Josep Gombau is happy with the team’s performance and pleased with the brand of football put on display.

“I think we started very well in the first half, especially in the first 20 minutes. After that Mumbai started to press higher and we faced difficulties. In one of the transitions, they scored a goal. In the second half we played well, we saw more of the ball and got the ball in crossing and shooting areas. But the ball didn’t go in (to the back of the net). I’m happy with our performance because we are playing a good brand of football. But we are not able to find the back of the net.”

The Spaniard pointed out that the team is creating a lot of chances but are not able to finish them off. 

“It’s good that we are creating chances. It’s not so easy to create chances in football. When we start converting these chances we will start winning games.”

Delhi have now played four games in a span of ten days and Gombau expressed his displeasure.

“It’s not nice to have such a tight schedule. But there is nothing much we can do about it. We just need to focus on our game.”

“We have a lot of games in a short time and we are doing a lot of rotations in the midfield. Vinit Rai and Bikramjit share the number eight position. Today we started Vinit and used Bikramjit from halftime.”

Delhi are yet to win a game in this season but the pressure hasn’t gotten to the Spaniard yet. Gombau wants to keep his calm and play his brand of football and believes that the results will follow.

“I don’t think that there will be any pressure on me in the later parts of the season because of these results. I have my way of playing football and my own style that I want to bring to Delhi Dynamos. I know that professional football is about winning and we will try to win every single game.

"We didn’t start well, we got three draws and two defeats in our first five games. But this won’t change the way I look at things or the way I am. This is my mentality as a coach and I don’t feel the pressure”