we could have won today: Molina

we could have won today: Molina


Kolkata based Indian Super League club Atlético de Kolkata head coach Jose Molina was satisfied after a 1-1 draw against defending champions Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Sunday evening. 


The Portuguese striker Helder Postiga gave the visitors early lead before David Succi sent almost 25,000 home fans into raptures 13 minutes from time as both teams shared the points, following which Kolkata moved up to third in the 2016 Hero ISL table with 15 points from 11 games.


Speaking to the media after Sunday’s clash against Chennaiyin F.C, the Spanish man and the ATK’s head coach Jose Molina assessed his team's performance,


“I think we could have won today and we were absolutely the better team in the first half, and in the second half Chennaiyin kept possession and put us under pressure. We could not defend well and we could not even press up much. I would like to say Chennaiyin deserved their point.”

“We wanted to win here and we put our full energy trying to win but it's okay. We have got one point and it is always good to add points. Yes, we prefer to win but with this point we are third on the table and we have just got to continue to keep fighting and trying to win.” Molina added.

FT: @ChennaiyinFC & @atletidekolkata settle for a draw after a closely fought encounter in Chennai! #CHEvATK #LetsFootball

— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 20, 2016


When Molina has been asked about if the Kolkata team missed the Canadian striker and ATK’s top scorer Ian Hume,

Molina said,

“Yes. He was on the bench. He had some pain in one of his legs and we could not use him as it would have been a great risk, so we preferred to keep him on the bench thinking of the next game as he was not fully fit.”

The 46-year-old Spanish coach also explained the reason, what led to midfielder Javi Lara playing on the right. 

“I put Javi Lara on the right because he was the best choice and also because we did not have [Sameehg] Doutie available… I made this decision thinking about our attack and our defence. We tried to attack Chennaiyin from both the wings and not only from the left side.”

And also provided a fitness update of the centre-back Henrique Sereno, who was replaced by Kinshuk Debnath in the second half on account of injury. 

“Sereno had an issue regarding his hamstrings and we will check tomorrow and we will know more after the tests and I hope it is not too serious,” Molina concluded.


Share Your Views & Comments Below

Recent News

  VAR would have prevented Ronaldo’s red card: Allegri
  Manchester United and Barcelona are in for the Dutch international
  Ronaldo deserve Ballond’Or over Modric: Casemiro
  Ronaldo said he did nothing wrong: Marcelinho
  Everyone expects Kane to score a Hat trick in every game: Erikson

Related News

  Indian Super League- Our situation is like that of Real Madrid
  Indian super league- it is difficult to stop Jeje- Albert Roca
  Indian super league: ATK sign Ryan Taylor
  Indian Super league: Did not expect this from ATK-Sheringham
  Indian Super League: Gregory pleased with their defensive duties against North East
No upcoming fixtures were found!
Pos Club Pld Pts
1 Manchester City 38 100
2 Manchester United 38 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur 38 77
4 Liverpool 38 75
6 Arsenal 38 63
7 Burnley 38 54
8 Everton 38 49
9 Leicester City 38 47
10 Newcastle United 38 44
11 Crystal Palace 38 44
12 A.F.C. Bournemouth 38 44
13 West Ham United 38 42
14 Watford 38 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 37
18 Swansea City 38 33
19 Stoke City 38 33
20 West Bromwich Albion 38 31