“WE EQUALLY MATCHED THEM IN EVERY DEPARTMENT” – MATEUS COSTA

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Sporting’s Head Coach Mateus Costa said he is looking for an excellent comeback against the league leaders Mohun Bagan on Tuesday at Fatorda. The away fixture was a closely contested match in which the Flaming Oranje went down narrowly to a Katsumi Yusa strike in the early second half.

“If you have seen the previous match we were right up there, we created more chances. The difference was just that Mohun Bagan got the opportunity and made the most of it.” Said Costa.

When quizzed about the importance of tomorrows match the Gaffer said “If we have to aim at the title we need to get the 3 points tomorrow. Bagan are a good side, they are playing fantastic football at the moment. We need to put in more than 100% to turn things around.”

On being asked about the major strength of Mariners, Costa said “It’s not just about one or two players; we are looking at Bagan as a unit and will try to play them as a unit. If you look at our previous match it was a close game, we equally matched them in every department.”

About the pressure of unbeaten streak that Bagan are on, Costa responded with a bright smile “Hopefully tomorrow Sporting can change the statistics of this league.”

When quizzed about the title hopes of Sporting the Gaffer said “Well anything can happen in football. We still have 7 matches left that are 21 points to play for so honestly we have not given up yet.

On being asked about a rotational policy of Sporting, Costa said “Initially when we thought that we had found the right mix, we faced some injuries so the entire dynamics changed. Then again we agree injuries are a part of this game and we have to face it. We are happy to have a good depth in our squad.”

Speaking about goan side the Mohun Bagan Head Coach Sanjoy Sen said “Sporting have a strong side. They stared off slow but now they are looking solid. Their new signings have settled in well and there is always a threat in front from Odafa.” Speaking about the last season he said “Last time around it was Sporting who managed to jolt a smoothly sailing Mohun Bagan boat and we will be cautious this time and won’t be taking them lightly.”

When asked about the team objective on their away matches in Goa Sanjoy Sen mentioned “When we are aiming for the title it doesn’t matter whether home or away, our objective is always to get maximum points from each match.”

Both the coaches said they would take the call on their playing 11 later in the day. Sporting has an advantage going into the match as their in-form Syrian winger Mahmoud Al Amnah who missed the previous fixture between the two is available for tomorrow’s match also Densill Theobald has been showing steady signs of recovery. As both teams play attacking football the fans are in for a late evening mid-week treat at Fatorda.

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