We are to blame: the coach of Punjab FC
MUMBAI: Being 13 points behind league leaders at the end of a tournament's business can be demotivating. However, it is not for Punjab FC. 2017-18 I-League champions (then Minerva Punjab ) are currently second in the table with 22 points, behind leaders Mohun Bagan and coach Yan Law says that the difference between them and Bagan are defensive errors.
At Monday's conference, the eve of his match against Indian arrows , Law said his team has been the most consistent team this season.
If you watch our performances, you will see that we dominate every game, even in the two games we lost. Our problem was to concede goals for silly mistakes, especially in the first half of the league. Defensive mistakes at crucial moments have cost us dearly. In the second half of the league, we have played much better. Technically we still have a mathematical opportunity to win, but in reality we are only to blame if we don't, Law said.
The match on Tuesday will be Indian arrows ' third at their adopted home venue Cooperage. Their fortunes haven't really changed though, losing both their games - 3-1 against East Bengal and 2-0 vs Chennai City FC. They remain at the bottom of the table with eight points from their 14 games.
Coach Shanmugam Venkatesh said he can't complain about his team because at this stage, it's about developing players.
More than anything, these players need experience. Playing so many games against the best opponents is the best learning experience for the boys. As long as they learn and improve, I am happy, regardless of the outcome, Venkatesh said.
The arrows may be having a bad run, but Law says his team won't take them lightly.
They are by no means an easy opponent. They are a fantastic group and we will do everything possible against them, Law said.