ISL 2018-19: Playing every three days is crazy, says Josep Gombau

Delhi Dynamos boss Josep Gombau felt his team could have won the match had they been a little more clinical in front of the goal…

A late equaliser from Andrija Kaludjerovic sealed a vital point for Delhi Dynamos away from home against Kerala Blasters on Saturday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi.

After the match, Josep Gombau suggested that his team need to be braver and take their chances in order to score. Gombau said, “It is a very difficult game, playing away from home. We think that we had good chances in the first half. We could have gone to halftime, winning 1-0. We need to take our chances. It is a good result today.”

The Spanish coach once again showed his irritation towards being forced to play matches every three days. He said, “For any team, to play these many games in this much time is not good for the coaches, players and the fans. We are playing every three days. Which is crazy!"

“We cannot say anything, this is how the schedule is done by ISL. We know it in advance, we need to work hard in every single game.  For sure, when you don't have much time to recover, it can be an issue for coaches.”

The 42-year-old former FC Barcelona youth coach refused to comment on the referring on the night. He said, “Our opinions don't count on refereeing decisions. He is in charge. A penalty is a penalty if the referee decides it is a penalty.”

On Lallianzuala Chhangte's performance, Gombau opined, "I think (Lallianzuala) Chhangte is a very good player. He is very young. He has a lot of room for improvement."

When asked if the team was missing an experienced player like Marcos Tebar in midfield, the Spaniard replied, "We have good players in midfield who can cover. We are playing a lot of games in this period. Tebar is a player with a lot of experience. But we have other players who can replace him. Young Vinit is playing well. I am happy with all my options."


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