He took over in the middle of the season and his side looked on the ascendancy when they defeated Sudeva Delhi after holding Real Kashmir to a goalless draw and almost beating Mohammedan Sporting. That is why, the defeat to NEROCA has disheartened him to some extent. “We were all disappointed with the result against NEROCA, ” he admitted.
However, since the turn of the year, the table has kept changing almost every day. The gap between the teams is still narrow and Aizawl can go up to the fourth spot if they win on the morrow. These two teams met at Kolkata’s Kishore Bharati Stadium just 12 days ago and Aizawl let two points slip through their fingers, conceding Marcus’ Joseph’s equaliser in the twelfth minute of stoppage time.
That result was a major talking point on Wednesday, the eve of the match. Aizawl coach Caetano Pinho was more guarded in his approach, saying “Every game in Hero I-League is a tight game. There are no easy games. We’ve seen Kenkre, fighting relegation, beat Sreenidi. So there are no weak or strong teams in this league. Having said that, we are placed above Mohammedan in the table right now. ” But captain Lalchhawnkima, sitting beside him, said, “They got away narrowly at their home, so we are confident that we can get full points tomorrow. ” Visiting coach Kibu Vicuna was more forthcoming in his thoughts about that draw. He said, “My expectation is to play a good match and get a good result, especially after the loss to RoundGlass Punjab in the last match.
“After I took over, I think only that game was a little disappointing. ” However, he said the manner in which the side played gives him hope. “We did create a lot of chances even though we could not convert them. Boys are fighting for each other and improving tactically, ” he remarked. Perhaps in order to put some pressure on tomorrow’s opponents, Pinho said “Of course we’re aiming for three points, but we need fans to come and cheer for us. That would give us a mental advantage.
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