However, having led his side to a 5-1 over Mumbai City FC in the first leg of the
With Mumbai City FC coach making a U-turn from his previous statement that their dream is 'finished' to now state that 'it's not impossible', the Spaniard quipped, "I respect what the other coach (Jorge Costa) said. He said that based on something that he has to believe."
"I think what we have achieved is already in the past. It is going to help us tomorrow but what we have to do is continue working on the same path and we have to try to win our last game at home," Lobera maintained.
On being asked whether he will rest his key players, the former Las Palmas coach responded, "I will field a team that I consider the best to win the game. I cannot be thinking about the final because we are not there yet."
After ISL debutant Mohammad Nawaz pulled off an excellent showing in between the sticks in the first half of the season, January signing Naveen Kumar has also impressed in the team's recent outings.
"I think, as a coach, the best problem you can have is to have to decide between good players. I have two great goalkeepers. Nawaz had to stay out of the team because of an injury which no one obviously wanted and now both the goalkeepers (Nawaz and Naveen) are ready to get into the squad," Lobera observed.
Ahead of the
"We knew that the play-off is a completely different story to a league match. Throughout the match, there could be some bad or good moments. It's impossible that a team goes through only good moments. The most important thing is to keep working and playing as a team not only during good moments but also during bad moments. I'm very happy and proud of that reaction (comeback) and the way the team got the game going," the 42-year-old explained.
Finally, on Mandar Rao Dessai being picked as the skipper of his team, Lobera revealed, "In every