ISL 2018-19: Josep Gombau – Playing so many games in a short time doesn’t help

The former Australia Under-23 coach is concerned about the quality of air in the national capital….

Delhi Dynamos suffered their second consecutive loss in the Indian Super League (ISL) as they went down 2-0 to NorthEast United on Tuesday evening. In fact the score-line could have been worse had it not been for NorthEast United’s woeful finishing and some poor refereeing.

The Pride have played their fifth game in 14 days and coach Josep Gombau once again hit at the poor scheduling of their matches by the league.

“It was a disappointing result tonight. In the first half, I think North East were better than us but we had our moments. But two mistakes and we conceded goals. We need to work hard and be focused and try to improve in the next game. One-third of the league is gone. Nothing to say but we need to improve by ourselves. Nobody would come and do our job for us.

“There were individual mistakes we had and we need to improve. Playing so many games in such short time does not help,” he pointed.

Gombau remained optimistic that Delhi can turn around their poor start and when they play hosts to Jamshedpur FC on November 4th.

“We need to go game-by-game. We haven’t started well but we need to improve. After six games, we don't have a win. But there are still 12 games to go,” he said.

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The overall Air Quality Index has fallen to the severe category which means the threshold of healthy people suffering due to poor air has been passed already.

“We are taking precautions for the pollution here. We are not used to do this but we can’t change this. It is not easy to adjust to this pollution. If the pollution is getting worse, the health of my players in more important than anything else. We are having normal training days. We will see,” said Gombau when asked if the air pollution has affected his team’s training sessions.

Lallinzuala Chhangte had yet another poor performance and the India Under-23 winger has been a shadow of himself this season.

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“Chhangte is a very young player with a lot of talent and I’ve said before that he can be one of the best wingers in India. But we need to realize that he’s young and still improving. We can’t just rely on him every time. Today he was doing okay but he was tired after 60 minutes. I felt Romeo (Fernandes) could bring something new to the game. We are playing with some of the youngest players in the league,” he mentioned.

Delhi have only scored three goals in over 540 minutes of football and Gombau said that the decision making has to improve.

“Goals have been a problem. It’s not the lack of experience but I think we don't take the right decisions on the pitch. Young players need to grow; this is something they are learning. We need to work on that. The most important thing is to win,” he concluded.