The East Bengal manager said conceding a late goal against Kerala Blasters did not affect team morale …
Seeking their maiden Indian Super League (ISL) victory, Robbie Fowler’s East Bengal will face Chennaiyin FC on Saturday at Goa’s Tilak Maidan Stadium.
The Rossoneri are fighting in their first ISL season and have only two points in their first six games. In the last game against the Kerala Blasters they came agonizingly close to their first win of the season, but Jeakson’s last-ditch draw ruined their party.
Coach Robbie Fowler, however, said conceding last-minute goals against Kerala Blasters did not affect the players’ mentality and he hopes to achieve a positive result against Chennaiyin.
“The morale of the team is really good. Sometimes we are unlucky and it is a pity that you conceded goals at the last minute but our boys worked very well. We had many chances and we could have won the game quite convincingly but Football is like that. There are ups and downs and we have had a lot of lows right now, but the morale of the boys is bright and hopefully we will have a lot of highs in the next game, “said the East Bengal gaffer.
Objective had previously revealed that the Red and Golds have decided to free nine Indian players from their squad and will send them out on loan for the rest of the season.
Justifying the decision to send players on loan mid-season, the Liverpool great said the decision was made in the best interest of the club and would be happy to see all nine players shine in their loan period and prove him wrong. .
“We are bringing new names to the squad. We are always looking for available players and we think they can benefit the team. We are trying to bring one or two players, of course, I don’t know who. As for the guys who came out, we had the opportunity to watch for five to six weeks and we’ve heard we won’t be playing them that much.
“So it’s not me who is bad and vindictive. It’s what’s best for the club. We are trying to get the best results for this club and we feel that some of the players who don’t play can elsewhere and get matches It’s not cool and someone has to making the decisions and the decision is up to me.My job is to try to get the best results I can, to bring the best people in the club.
“Everyone has had an opportunity. People will say he hasn’t played this match, but every day is an opportunity. Practice is a great opportunity to show the rest of the staff what it could be like and nobody knows. had had the opportunity, we feel that this particular group that I have now is perhaps in a better position and it is not me who is being derogatory to the players.
“I have a lot of time with all the players who were going out on loan, but now I’ve told them this is an opportunity to go play. It’s an opportunity for you to prove me wrong. And that’s all I can do.”
The former England international also cited an example from his career to motivate those nine players who are leaving the club.
“I can talk from my life. I had played for Liverpool for several years and obviously didn’t want to leave, but in the end I had to do it because I needed to play and my philosophy was to show the manager exactly what you are missing. players play in ISL or I-League and prove my decision was not the right one for them. We wish them well and I want everyone to prove me wrong and come back and say you made a mistake there. “
Fowler praised opposition manager Csaba Laszlo and suggested considering Chennaiyin as a very difficult opponent to play against.
“Their coach (Chennaiyin) (Csaba Laszlo) is someone I look to in terms of what he has achieved in the game, he has a solid team, some excellent players. Our job is to stop their great players and that’s hard because it’s good. the players shine. Also, consistency is something that Chennaiyin has. They have been doing it for many years now. A good solid team, a good solid coach and it will be hard to take them down. But we have to go out, believe in ourselves and give it our all and we will try to take the three points, “said the British coach.