“We believe in ourselves that we can still make it (the ISL playoffs). We have to take things match by match. The most important thing right now is to get a win against NorthEast,” Pereira stated at the pre-match press convention.
“About the team – we have been improving. We have been solid at the back lately. We got our first clean sheet of the season in the last game. Going forward, we have to look to be better with our finishing in the attacking third. We are creating chances and now we have to finish those,” he stated.
FC Goa will look to construct on their newfound momentum after they tackle lowly NorthEast United FC at the Athletic Stadium, right here on Friday. The sport will see historical past being made as two Indian head coaches — Derrick Pereira and Khalid Jamil — will face one another in the league for the first time.
Inconsistent performances from either side see them occupy two of the backside three positions. However, with the league large open, three factors will see FC Goa soar as much as fifth on the desk as simply 4 factors separate the Gaurs from a spot in the playoffs. A win, thus can be very important if they’re to stake a declare for a spot in the prime 4.
“It’s tough, given the challenges we are facing. We are constantly learning. We can’t always just look at them and fret. We have to overcome these challenges,” he stated.
“When we didn’t have practices, we had to plan for individual training sessions inside rooms. We used our lawns at the hotel. More than physical, it’s tasking mentally. However, we can’t just keep focusing on the problems. I’m happy that Indian coaches are getting to coach in the ISL. I think, if they are given more exposure and experience, the coach will get better,” Pereira stated.