ISL 2021-22: Kerala Blasters topped Odisha FC when Nishu Kumar and Harmanjot Singh Khabra scored for the Yellow Army in their 2-0 win over the Kalinga Warriors on Wednesday night at the Tilak Maidan. Follow all ISL 2021-22 LIVE updates only on InsideSport.IN
Blasters head coach Ivan Vukomanovic was delighted with the result when he addressed the media after the brilliant victory.
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Reflections on the annotation of both sides
Vukomanovic pointed to the diversity of his team when asked about goals from the full-backs against Odisha FC. He said: “Yes, of course, it shows the diversity and let’s say the different things that we have in our team. We have quality players, players who can be dangerous from the second row, players who can infiltrate and they can also be dangerous from set pieces. So I think step by step we are improving in many different ways. As a coach, I am very happy. When you are evolving in a competition like this, starting to score goals, your opponents will focus more on your key players. That is where you need to diversify and try to mix things up and find other solutions. “
“I am very happy for Nishu (Kumar), as he scored such a beautiful goal in his first game of the season. After so long he returns to the pitch as he was injured and was unable to play for a while. I am very happy for him and I hope he builds on this and comes back stronger. I hope he returns to the level he deserves even for the Indian team.
Speaking of Harmanjot Singh, Vukomanovic added: “He is always dangerous on set pieces, so he scored a good goal, something he was practicing in our training sessions. So of course, as a coaching staff, it makes you happy and we’re happy with today’s win. “
“Since we started we never wanted to have any kind of pressure on your team. I always told them that football is joy and pleasure. If they do not or do not enjoy playing together or playing sports, then something is wrong. Since we started training we always wanted to have that joy and positive energy but it is not that easy. When you start building, it’s never easy a strong unit that doesn’t concede goals. It’s good to see players playing good football with great combinations, running and pressing together. Also especially at this time when our captain is suffering and will have to undergo surgery. So we want that positive energy to stay with us and we want to move on ”.
The joy of not conceding goals
The Serbian strategist pointed out how not conceding goals gives them license to score and win games. It adds a different perspective for the players and they surely don’t want to concede goals. Kerala Blasters have struck a great balance once Ruivah Hormipan was positioned at the back. The young man gave them stability and also the license to play with another foreigner up front.
“It gives you a lot of confidence and pleasure when you don’t concede goals. It means that you are working very hard defensively, the team is compact and shows that the team does not want to give away anything. So it is one of the most important events as a coaching staff since we see that the team can become unbeatable. So when you don’t concede and create more opportunities, there are more chances of winning games that way.
“We are satisfied with the clean sheets against Mumbai City and Chennaiyin and this one. I think we are the only team with five clean sheets this season. But we will not deal with that as we want to develop a team that can play in many different situations, ‘said Vukomanovic after they kept a clean sheet against the Kalinga Warriors.
Reflections on the competitiveness of ISL
The Indian Super League has been very competitive as Jamshedpur FC topped the table yesterday and then Kerala Blasters got it back again with their win over Odisha FC. Despite being at the top of the table, Vukomanovic highlighted how they should stay humble as the league is tough, anything can happen.
“Well again, it’s good for the league. I’m going to repeat something that we said a long time ago. We as a team come from far away. And if you look at the statistics of previous seasons, you know, in football you have to build step by step, you know that nothing can happen overnight. And we have to stay again, I will repeat, we have to stay humble, we have to stay focused and focused. Because if you look where we came from, far away, you know, last year, we were second from the bottom. So we should never advertise big roles that we want to compete in. The league is good, the league is tough, many teams want to compete to be at the top of the table ”, he concluded.
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