After the match, head coach Ivan Vukomanovic said that the lack of experience was the reason for Kerala Blasters’ defeat in the away match. The Blasters head coach stated that he is satisfied with the form that has started and continues this season.
“We knew it was going to be a tough match (against FC Goa). Especially as they are experienced. Kerala Blasters are the youngest team in the league. The lack of experience playing such a tough match was tiring for the team. A chance, a goal, a set piece is crucial. That’s what competition is all about,” 46-year-old Ivan Vukomanovic said after the match.
Ivan also praised the fans who came to support Kerala Blasters in Madgaon. “Wherever they go in India, the fans support Kerala Blasters wholeheartedly. Whether they go to the North East or Goa, they are all with the yellow team. There is such a bond between the fans and the club,” said the Serbian coach.
Ivan stated that the team’s aim is to focus on the remaining matches in December. It is impossible to know what awaits in January, he added.
Currently, only the fixture till December 2023 has been announced in ISL. Kerala Blasters also have matches against Punjab FC, Mumbai City FC and Mohun Bagan Super Giant teams this month. The next match is against Punjab on 14th. The only home match this month is against Mumbai City on December 24.
The defeat against Goa dealt a heavy blow to Kerala Blasters’ League Winners Shield dreams. Blasters are second with 17 points from nine matches. Goa is at the top position with 19 points from seven matches.
Mohun Bagan SG (15 points in five matches), Odisha FC (13 points in seven matches) and Mumbai City (11 points in five matches) are challenging Kerala Blasters’ second position.
All these teams have played less matches than Blasters. Mohun Bagan is a team that has won all five matches played. Bagan along with FC Goa and Mumbai City FC are unbeaten so far this season.
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