Taking the responsibility of Kerala Blasters’ 1-0 loss to Mumbai City on Thursday, Tuskers head coach Eelco Schattorie said that Jorge Costa’s men were poor with their game but were lucky to register three points in their opening match of the Indian Super League (ISL).
“Mumbai City played very poorly, they got lucky to get away with three points,” the Dutch was quoted as saying by Goal.
Meanwhile, the 47-year-old coach took the full responsibility for the loss.
He said, “I take full responsibility for the loss. I made two changes and the third (substitution) one was not the right one. I put Sahal (Abdul Samad) on the left and told him to put the ball behind for Messi (Bouli) and Bartholomew (Ogbeche).”
The coach also pointed out the lacklustre in the team’s defence and some inevitable problems. “The defence did not do well for the goal. Overall, before the game, I would have signed up for a point. In a short time, we had a lot of problems, my Left Centre Back (Jairo Rodrigues) played with two injections. The fluidity was not there. The last save from Amrinder (Singh) was from another planet.”
Talking about the match, a late goal from Amine Chermiti saw Mumbai City FC stun Kerala Blasters FC in a closely-fought Indian Super League clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kerala.
The two teams had several half-chances to break the deadlock but lacked an end product for most of the game until Chermiti’s smart 82nd-minute finish settled the contest.