The Mariners’ coach feels that Sergio Lobera’s facet won’t be having fun with a psychological benefit of getting defeated the Mariners twice this season
It will likely be a third ISL ultimate as a supervisor for Antonio Lopez Habas when ATK Mohun Bagan tackle Mumbai Metropolis within the ultimate showdown of the 2020-21 Indian Tremendous League (ISL) on Saturday.
On the earlier two events, the Spaniard led his staff to victory (Atletico de Kolkata in 2014 and ATK in 2019-20) and is now gunning for his second consecutive title and third general. However in entrance of him is a large impediment within the type of Mumbai Metropolis who nearly pipped his facet to the League Winners Defend.
Extra tellingly, ATK had been crushed by Mumbai 2-Zero within the ultimate match of the league stage which helped them clinch the AFC Champions League spot as effectively. The truth is, Mumbai have carried out the double over ATK this season and the superior head-to-head document truly helped them win the defend regardless of each groups ending on 40 factors.
What Habas mentioned
“The sensation (of one other ultimate) is identical. We now have to compete and win the ultimate. We now have absolute respect for the opponent however my staff is ready to win,” mentioned the ATKMB coach regardless of dealing with two defeats towards the Mumbaikars within the common season.
“In soccer, each match is completely different. Within the first match (1-Zero loss), we had the chance to attain earlier than Mumbai. And within the second match (2-Zero loss), it was unintentional to concede solely in set-pieces. I feel the distinction is minimal and I’ve confidence in my staff,” he continued.
“I do not suppose a psychological benefit is essential in a ultimate. We now have a number of gamers with the expertise of enjoying within the ultimate and perhaps Mumbai do not have this expertise. I’ve confidence in my staff and the concept is to be the protagonists with a risk to win.”
Set-pieces an space of concern?
On condition that Mumbai Metropolis have scored over half of their 35 targets by way of set-pieces, Habas admitted, “I feel they’ve 65-70 per cent of their targets from set-pieces. So we’ve got to manage soccer on set-pieces. Every match is totally completely different. We now have to focus on small particulars and keep away from making errors. We now have to defend our persona, our fashion and our mannequin.
“Soccer is all concerning the stability. I do not perceive soccer with solely assault or protection. We now have to have focus and a focus from the primary minute.”
Contrasting kinds of play
There have typically been comparisons drawn between Sergio Lobera’s attacking fashion of play that can also be pleasing to the attention whereas Habas has admittedly professed a extra pragmatic strategy to the way in which he desires his facet to play.
“The concept is to play effectively and win. Typically, the traits in a match are completely different. We now have to analyse (throughout) the match and management the sport accordingly. The opponent additionally performs to make it tough if you suggest one factor,” he defined.
“ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai Metropolis each have 40 factors on high. The kinds are completely different however we additionally play good soccer. Soccer just isn’t solely about possession of the ball.”
Plans for subsequent season
“I do not know. I end my contract now (finish of the season) and we’re ready for the consequence (of the ISL ultimate),” the ATK Mohun Bagan gaffer responded.