ATK Mohun Bagan head coach Antonio Lopez Habas will not be happy together with his staff’s preparation as they gear as much as play Indian Tremendous League (ISL) opener in opposition to Kerala Blasters adopted by much-anticipated ‘Kolkata Derby’ in opposition to arch-rivals SC East Bengal.
With COVID-19 restrictions in place, the footballers needed to spend 14 days in quarantine earlier than happening to the pitch which meant their preparation was quick.
“Truthfully, I did not get the sort of preparation I wanted for the a number of guidelines within the COVID-19 scenario,” Habas stated right here.
“The footballers didn’t get on-field coaching for the (variety of) days they wanted. There was no alternative to play follow matches,” he rued.
With much less coaching time, Habas is cautious of his gamers selecting accidents. In the intervening time, the two-time ISL profitable coach has named a 27-member squad with 5 rotational captains.
“After such a brief interval of follow, there’s a chance that the footballers will get injured. I am afraid of accidents.”
The Spaniard together with his overseas recruits had joined the squad solely in mid-October however solely to serve a quarantine earlier than happening to the pitch.
By the way, the Robbie Fowler-coached SC East Bengal have been the final to begin their preparation following their dramatic entry into the top-tier league.
SC East Bengal’s first match is the ISL derby in opposition to arch-rivals ATK Mohun Bagan.
“However this isn’t an excuse. The scenario is sort of the identical for all of the groups,” Habas made it clear.
The Spanish coach additional stated enjoying close-door will have an effect on the gamers enthusiasm.
“There will likely be no spectators within the stadium throughout this ‘new regular’. Enjoying on a area with out spectators impacts the footballers’ enthusiasm. However there may be nothing to do.”
ATK couldn’t win the 2 matches in opposition to Kerala Blasters final season however went on to raise the title for a file third time.
4 days earlier than the match, nevertheless, the champion coach doesn’t need to give significance to the final version’s outcomes.
“We misplaced however we additionally grew to become champions. And in soccer, the results of the earlier match stays solely as statistics.
“I do not suppose the impression of final 12 months’s Kerala match will likely be felt on Friday. I stated earlier and I’ll say once more that the primary match in opposition to Kerala final 12 months, we couldn’t win as a consequence of some unsuitable selections of the referee.”
He reminded how refereeing wasn’t on top of things.
“And it will have been justified if the match of Yuba Bharati was a draw. However there too the refereeing was not good,” he rued.
This time the Inexperienced and Maroon brigade is bolstered by the inclusion of Sandesh Jhingan, Brad Inman, and Shubhashis Bose.
However Habas doesn’t need to put his staff forward earlier than enjoying in opposition to Kerala.
“Kerala has a brand new good coach. He has additionally signed a number of good footballers. Kerala is a robust staff.”
Kibu Vicuna, beneath whose teaching Mohun Bagan received the I-League final season, is now the top coach of Kerala as it will likely be a contest between the previous and the current.
However Habas performed down the pre-match hype.
“Final time, he (Vicuna) had season. He received the I-League and I grew to become the ISL champions. The match is vital for each the groups. However our aim will likely be for getting these three factors,” he signed off.