KERALA BLASTERS had a 1-0 win over Mumbai City FC at the latter's home ground on Sunday. A lone goal from Iain Hume was enough to get them the three points.
Coach David James at the post match press conference said,
"Of course, winning is a nice habit to get in. It was a tough game. Obviously, there were concerns about a number of players going down for one reason or the other. But today was fantastic, players going down, getting back up, Iain Hume back on the scoresheet which delighted the majority of the fans. So, Iâ€™m a very happy coach. Three games are over and two games more to go in quick succession. Hope it wonâ€™t be too bad."
He also stressed on the importance of finishing top four,
"Thatâ€™s what we are going for: finishing in the top four. ATK won and we had to maintain that performance. They have a game in hand, so we cannot go back to that position again. We can only do what we can do in every single match."
He also spoke highly about the fans,
"The fans have been superb. There is a banner that says we make each ground our home, and today was like a home game and it helps. When youâ€™ve got fans supporting you, the players go down and they get back up and fight again. It was tough, and the fans were right behind us."
Explaining Berbatov's absence, he said,
"The situation with Berbatov was that you do not want to play every player in every game. The team is going to rotate, that is the nature of the league. You have quite a lot of games in quick succession. Berbatov has done exactly what Iâ€™ve asked from him in the games he has played for me. When he has not played, someone has come in and done exactly the same. As a coach, itâ€™s hard for me to pick a team because every time in training I see top efforts. So, I canâ€™t ask for anything more. So Berbatov, like the other guys who were not involved today, will have to fight for his place in the side."
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