Atletico de Kolkata keen to forget ill-tempered clash against FC Goa: Antonio Habas
Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Habas on Tuesday said they have left behind the ill-tempered clash against FC Goa in the first leg of the Hero Indian Super League football tournament and are now solely focussing on reviving their sagging fortunes.
Kolkata: Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Habas on Tuesday said they have left behind the ill-tempered clash against FC Goa in the first leg of the Hero Indian Super League football tournament and are now solely focussing on reviving their sagging fortunes.
"That is all past. We are professionals, we are living in the present, thinking about the future. No more comments about it," Habas said when asked whether the team would be watchful against FCG.
Habas along with his forward Fikru Teferra and FC Goa's Robert Pires were suspended for two matches each, while ATK's goalkeeping coach Predipkumar Bhaktawer faced one-match suspension after both the teams players and the coach were involved in ugly altercations in Kolkata outfit's 2-1 win in Goa on October 23.
The match saw as many as eight yellow cards, including one sending off of goalkeeping coach Bhaktawer, while Zico had alleged that Habas had punched Pires in a tunnel bust-up.
Fortunes have changed for both the teams since then as ATK have slumped to third place with just one win from last nine outings, while FCG have already sealed a semifinal berth with four victories on the trot.
They may be down but Habas sounded a warning bell to FCG, saying ATK would be a tough team to beat if it manages to dish out the brand of football that it displayed during the initial stage of the tournament.
"We realise that we are not playing to our potential. We are working hard on that and trying to correct our mistakes. If we are able to improve, especially tomorrow, then we would be a very tough team to beat," he said on the eve of their return leg match.
"We must beat all the teams if we want to win the title. We are not worried which team we're going to play... All the teams are very tough," he added.
Habas pointed out that they're very much in the race for the semis.
"We're still there and close to the semis. Our first target was to reach the semis and we're closer, the rest will depend on tomorrow's game."
Asked on their ace striker's Fikru woeful run, he said: "Nothing is wrong with Fikru. We know we have to improve in different departments. We will try to recover as soon as possible and play the same brand of football we played at the start."
Despite their repeated failures, Habas said they are not going to change their style of play, hinting that he would stick to the 4-2-3-1 formation.
"We are not changing our style according to our opponents, we will always play the same, be it against Goa or Chennai. We will stick to our plans," Habas stated.