The Kolkata based Indian Super League club Atletico de Kolkata held the Mumbai based Indian Super League club, Mumbai City FC to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of the first semi-final at the Mumbai Football Arena on Tuesday to win the tie 3-2 on aggregate and enter the final of Hero Indian Super League 2016 and the Kolkata based club will play their second final in three years.
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And after reaching the final of Hero Indian Super League 2016 final, the first season’s champions Atletico De Kolkata’s head coach Jose Molina is targeting second ISL title in three years for ATK.
As Speaking to the media at the post-match press conference, the Atletico de Kolkata’s head coach Jose Molina, credited everyone at the club for reaching their second final.
Molina said, “I think ATK is doing a great job and the management is working to achieve a common goal and everybody is working in the same direction and people from all positions in the club are doing their best and we are trying to do something good and it is working well and we now have three semi-finals in three years and two finals, and now we will try to achieve a second title in three years,”
Atletico de Kolkata’s defender Robert Lalthlamuana was given the red card during the match and When Molina has been asked if Lalthlamuana’s sending-off was a blessing in disguise,
Molina stated, “To me, to be honest, it is always better to play with 11 players than 10 and today maybe with 10 players we were stronger in defence and Mumbai didn’t have a lot of chances through our defence.”
The Spaniard Molina also explained, how his side maintained the Tuesday’s game,
“Yes, in the second half and no in the first half. In the first few minutes they had too much space to play and [Sunil] Chhetri had a chance to score and we were not comfortable with the ball in the first 20-25 minutes and later we started to play better and with Robert sent off, the game changed and in the second half we stayed together and didn’t give them a lot of space and we fought, so I am absolutely happy.” He added.
After the final whistle there was a huge on-field altercation between players from both teams as tempers flared following the 90 min. on that the 46-year-old admitted that,
“I don’t know what happened and who started the fight. What happened was bad and we don’t have to fight and I don’t like that and I could not watch what happened as there was a commotion and that was not good,” Molina concluded.