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ISL: Materazzi "too big" to argue with, says sarcastic Peter Reid

Admitting that he was indeed "embarrassed" after his heated argument near touchline with Chennaiyin coach Marco Materazzi, Mumbai City FC coach Peter Reid said that the World cup winning Italian defender is "too big to argue with".

Mumbai: Admitting that he was indeed "embarrassed" after his heated argument near touchline with Chennaiyin coach Marco Materazzi, Mumbai City FC coach Peter Reid said that the World cup winning Italian defender is "too big to argue with".

Materazzi and Reid were involved in a heated exchange of words after referee ruled out a penalty in favour of Chennaiyin when Mikael Silvester's shot apparently hit Manuel Friedrich's hand.

"It happens. I am embarrassed. He's been a winner as a player, I've also been a winner. Sometimes, it spills over. We had a laugh afterwards. He's too big to argue with! It's unfair to fight that one. We shook hands at the end of the game and wished him good luck," said redi, who has been a former Manchester City coach.

Materazzi said he has no problems with Reid and the incident took place when Chennai were denied a penalty in the 56th minute for a handball.

"It's football. We shook hands at the end. For me, it was the penalty. I spoke to the referee and then he (Reid) spoke to me. I don't have any problem with him. It was a bad decision," the star Italian defender of yesteryears maintained his stand.

On the match, Reid said the next game against Delhi is a must-win for his side.

"After the last game against Chennai (where they were thrashed 5-1), we bounced back. There is no use crying about it. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We just have to get up there, show better spirit. Hopefully, get a few of the boys fit and go to Delhi and try and win the game. We have got to go and win it. It's a big game for us," the former Manchester City manager said at the post-match press conference.

Mumbai failed to get on the score sheet in the fourth

straight game and the Englishman wasn't pleased with the way his team defended against Chennai in the second half when they conceded three goals.

"It's not very pleasant. We need to dust ourselves and get ready for Delhi but certainly it's disappointment when you are struggling to get goals, sometimes you might be boring to people, but it's important you don't make silly errors at the back and give goals away.

"The third goal ( by Cristian Hidalgo), he smashed it in the top corner, there's not much you can do about that. Certainly the two goals that we conceded, the first two, from our point of view, were poor. As a team we defended well recently but struggled to get a goal. We tried certain things it's just that we haven't got the quality at the moment," he said.

Brazilian import Andre Moritz, who had scored a against Pune, had to leave the field after 30 minutes due to a hamstring injury and Reid said the team lost the momentum because of that.

"It's a blow to us because when he goes off in games, we seem to lose momentum and the initiative. We will have to see how he is, check with the medical staff. He was feeling a bit sore and with Nicolas Anelka missing the game, it was a sort of double whammy for us.

"But certainly losing them two players, it's a struggle for us to get a goal that is why we tried to keep it tight. I think it's fair to say, for the first two goals, we made big errors from the defensive point of view," he said.

On French striker Anelka's injury, Reid said,"It was a groin injury and he is having treatment. We were advised by the medical staff that he wasn't ready for this game. He was disappointed. He was desperate to play. He is our threat. He is a good player. Hopefully he will be ready for the Delhi game."

Reid said both teams had equal share of injuries but the southern outfit had more depth in their squad.

"Chennai has got a few injuries. Elano (Blumer) wasn't playing. (John) Mendoza, the Colombian lad wasn't playing. We are all in the same boat.

"I think they might have a bit more strength and depth than we have, so I think that might be a problem. Certainly the schedule, it's hard work for the players and they have given everything. I tried a couple of things going forward and we just didn't have enough quality on the night," he said.

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