Semifinal ISL-6: I still can't celebrate, says Chennaiyin coach after the first leg in Goa

CHENNAI: Chennaiyin FC could have achieved an emphatic 4-1 victory against FC Goa in the first leg of the first semifinal here but they will not spend the moon. Coach Owen coyle He feels that it's only part time in the contest. The second leg is in Goa on March 7.

“We have to protect ourselves from complacency. Players will make a mistake if they think this tie is over. We still have to play 90 minutes at home and we hope they shoot all the weapons. In the next week, support staff will have to make sure they keep their feet on the ground because it is only half the time in the contest, ”Coyle told a post-match press conference.

However, the Scotsman was satisfied with the way his pupils performed on Saturday. While regular scorers Nerijus Valskis and Rafael Crivellaro had a quiet game, Chennaiyin found his goals for unusual characters such as central defenders Lucian Goian, Eli Sabia and midfielder Anirudh Thapa, who scored the first of the season.

“Shows the character of the squad. I have always maintained that there is a lot of depth on the side and today I was vindicated by the team. Talk about the hunger and desire of children. Today was a complete performance of the team, ”said Coyle.

Chennaiyin had a difficult start to the game and fought initially, but came out with more intention in the second half. Coyle revealed that his hard part-time conversation worked. “There were many wrong passes in the first half when we tried to get into their box. That can happen due to nerves. But I told them to harden because we can't let this home advantage go to waste. I told them to look for space and play and they did it, ”said Coyle.

Despite a good display, Coyle did not seem happy with the way Chennaiyin conceded a goal towards the end. We have to stay alert and we shouldn't have accepted. That is an area that we must improve. The players should have been cautious, ”said Coyle.