ISL 2014: FC GOA : Post match press meet

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FC Goa post-match press conference.:: Press conference was addressed by Coach Zico and player Bikramjit Singh

Q. FC Goa has played with all the teams now. Do you think it is still possible for FC Goa to win?
A. Zico- Of course there is a possibility for us to win. We now have five points. I know that we have had too many losses, but we can have victories as well. We lost some games that we could have won, but as soon as we have the odds in our favour, we believe that we will win.

Q. FC Goa is creating chances to score, but aren't able to score. How do you plan to overcome this problem?
A. Zico - If we had more options, we would have used it. As you know we have four strikers and I gave them chance to play and all the four strikers have played. But unfortunately, they are not scoring. I cannot improvise and put someone else in their position to try to save the game. All the strikers had a chance to score, but only one of them scored.

Q. Has it become like a mental block that even if the team has the chance to score, they are not scoring?
A. Zico - I really don't know. I can't answer this question. I think it will be best if you ask them this question. My responsibility is to train the team. To tell them how to shoot the ball, the way they have to position themselves. But for the game on the field, it is up to them to score.

Q. What is the status of Andre Santos?
A. Zico- I really hope that he will be fit to play the next match. We will have to see how he does in the training tomorrow.

Q. Coach you selected Andre Santos for the team. If given chance to select more players, you would have selected more players?
A. Zico- If I could choose more, I definitely would have. I had only one option and I chose Andre Santos. If I had the opportunity to select more players, I would have.

Q. How has experience been so far playing for FC Goa?
A. Bikramjit- It has been an amazing experience. ISL is a great opportunity for Indian players, since we are getting to play with great players and coach under such a great coach. Our confidence is already up and it will definitely help Indian football players.

Q. You are the only player in the team who is not from Dempo Sports Club. Did you face any problems initially?
A. Bikramjit- I had no problems at all. They all have been very helpful, especially Clifford Miranda and Debabrata Roy. They motivate me and help me on the ground, if I do some mistakes. I am enjoying my time with the team and never did they make me feel that I am from some other club.

Zico- In the team, there are no players from different clubs. All the players play for one team and that is FC Goa.

Q. This is the first game you have played. Did you doubt that you will get a chance to play for the league?
A. Bikramjit- No I never doubted it. It is up to the coach since he knows better which player will play better in which match. Today he gave me the chance to play and I gave my 100 per cent and I am very happy with my performance.

Q. Same question to you too, is there a mental block when it comes to scoring?
A. Bikramjit- Like coach said, the strikers are creating opportunities to score, but it is just bad luck that they are unable to score.


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09.11.2014 : FC GOA --- 0-0 --- MUMBAI CITY FC ( FULL TIME..)
FCG :Seda, Debabrata, Narayan, Youness, Pires, Bikramjit Singh, Arnolin, Pinheiro, M.Desai, Romeo, Tolgay
MCF : Subrata, Peter, Pavel, Friedrich, Deepak, Letzelter, Stohanzl, Nadong, Subhas, Moritz, Anelka

90': Added time 3min
90': Ranty's head saved by Subrata, Mumbai City FC survived
88': Mighel's shot saved by Pavel in expense of a corner
87': Dika shot missed the target from Alenka's pass
85': Mandar tackled in time by Deepak
83': Dika failed to reach a center from subash,as Seda was not in his position
81': It's a attacking football as the ball is moving from one corner to another
77': Player change for FC Goa. Mighel came in place of Tolgey
75': Scores are goal less till now, as both the teams are desperate for goals created a number of openings
73': YELLOW CARD to Stohanzl for rough tackling to Bikramjit
68': Seda saved Fc Goa once again, fisted a free kick of Alenka
65': YELLOW CARD to Bikramjit of FC goa for pushing Stohanzl from behind
63': Player change of FC Goa,Grabiel came in place of Romeo
61': Seda saved Mumbai City Fc again , collected a ball from Alenka before Subash could reach
58': What a save by Seda, collected a long ranger from Dika in style
55': FC Goa are looked to be more positive while attacking
50': Gregory's head from a corner hit the bar, chance wasted for Mumbai City FC
48': Scores are goalless
46': Ranti came in place of Pires, While Dika came in place of Nadong
46': Match started in the second session
HALF TIME. Score remains goalless after the end of first half
45'+4':Yellow Card to Bengelloun as he trips Stohanzl in his counter attack
45'+3':Chance to Romeo, but another brilliant sliding tackle by Deepak
45'+2':Substitution of Mumbai City FC: Tiago Ribeiro in place of injured Andre Moritz. Bad news for Mumbai side
45':4 minutes added time
44':Moritz's free kick, Seda fists it and defence made a good clearance
43':Tackle against Anelka, free kick to Mumbai just outside the box
42':Brilliant chance to Mumbai. Subhas and Moritz one to one and final pass of Moritz to Subhas and his shot finds the net but Subhas is in offside position
41':Gregory,s header nearly finds Romeo, good chance to Goa from corner
40':Peter's pass to Tolgey, his shot blocked by Letzelter. Corner to Goa
38':Narayan's long ranger, directly in Subrata's hand
37':Narayan's forward pass to Anelka, but he is in offside position
35':Score remains still goalless
34':Subrata looks injured. Treatment is going on
33':Brilliant chance to Tolgey, but Subrata save it brilliantly. He ost the ball but which is away to Tolgey. Referee give foul to Mumbai.
30':Drinks break after half and hour play
30':Good overlapping run of Debabrata, but a poor cross
29':Brilliant chance to Nadong, his header blocked and finally cleared
28':Yellow Card Referee shown yellow card to Peter Costa for his bad tackle.
27':Good move of Goa, Pires's forward through to Mandar cleared in defence. Brilliant sliding tackle by Deepak Mondal.
24':Yellow Card Referee shown yellow card to Narayan Das for his bad tackle
22':Anekla's pass to Subhas, but he handed the ball
20':Score remains goalless after early 20 minutes. Home team Goa looks more aggressive in this early minutes
17':Romeo's good run and a pass to Tolgey from right flank, but defence cleared this move
15':Pinheiro's free kick, cleared in defence
14':Peter committed a foul against Romeo. Free kick to Goa
11':Nice try by Nadong, he got the ball from left flank and tried to chip it over keeper Seda, but Seda save the ball well
8':Stohanzl's cross, but Subhas failed to do a proper volley. Big chance to Mumbai
6':Brilliant free kick taken by Tolgey outside the box, ball went just wide
5':Home team looks more aggressive in the early minutes
4':Brilliant chance to Bikramjit. His shot outside the box, went wide
2':Bad tackle of Stohanzl to Pires, free kick to Goa
0':Kick off
Match Preview : Mumbai City FC vs FC Goa on 9th November 2014 in Goa Confident Mumbai City FC geared up to achieve first away win

08.11.2014: MCFC PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai City FC would look for their third consecutive win and the first on the road when they take on bottom-placed FC Goa in the inaugural Hero Indian Super League at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Sunday afternoon. The team, owned by Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor and Chartered Accountant Bimal Parekh, has managed to string in two impressive performances to jump to third spot in overall standings after six matches and is looking to consolidate the position even further.

Though the margin of victory in the last two games was just 1-0, Coach Peter Reid would be extremely happy with the way the team performed as a unit in those games after some indifferent performances in the initial few matches. With results being key to success, the Englishman has understandably compromised on the attacking flair and adopted a more compact strategy where the defence and midfield concentrates on suffocating the opposition and then kicks off a counter.

While this has meant that Mumbai City FC, which fielded the same starting XI for the last two games, hasnít boasted of the same kind of possession that they enjoyed in the initial matches but that should hardly worry the team management. The major area of concern for Reid and his support staff would be the fitness of skipper Syed Rahim Nabi, who limped out of their last game against Delhi Dynamos FC and has not travelled with the team to Goa, while it is still unclear when marquee signing Freddie Ljungberg would be available for selection after his hamstring injury.

On the positive side, midfielders Andre Moritz and Jan Stohanzl have formed a formidable partnership with Frenchman Nicolas Anelka with Subhash Singh impressing with his runs from the right flank. Mumbai City FC vice captain Manuel Friedrich praised the atmosphere at the grounds they have played so far and said he was overwhelmed with the support the league has got so far.

"Playing in India is very different to playing in Germany or England. Here the supporters create a great atmosphere and enjoy the game irrespective of which team you are representing." "The ISL is a major step towards making football the second biggest sport in the country," said the German, who insisted that the team was focused on making it to the semifinals and the final in the inaugural edition.

"Be it the Indian players or foreigners, all of us are focused to taking the team to the semis," he added. Coach Peter Reid called for consistency from the team and said it was time they won matches on the road. "We need to be consistent and need to win matches away. Our squad is shaping up well and you will see many more youngsters making an impact soon," he added.

Nicolas Anelka has found the net in both the previous games at home but even he would admit that there were more chances that went a begging. If Anelka and company can find that touch which would convert their probing runs into goals, FC Goa could well be in for a torrid time on their home turf.