Kerala Blasters' assistant coach Hermann Hreidarsson gave the press conference ahead of the game against NorthEast United. Here are some key takeaways from his interaction with the press.
How would you approach this important game and what do you make of your opponents, NorthEast United?
"First of all, we were in a position three games ago where we had to win six games. We are still in it, we won two and drew one. We will have the same approach, we will have to go into every game,
play for the win, play for three points. We are happy with our progress, we created so many chances, about 18 shots and 25 crosses.
We tried our hardest to score a lot of goals and obviously go for the three points. The same will be on tomorrow. We have mostly focused on what we are doing, try and improve game by game and we feel we have done that. We will keep doing that. The main focus is on ourselves and how we are going to apply ourselves in 90 minutes. The team’s attack has been prolific but the defence has been exposed recently."
What could be the reason behind it?
Hermann suggested that when the team is committed to scoring goals it tends to leave the defence vulnerable but he expressed satisfaction in the team’s effort in the last three games despite not
keeping a single clean sheet. He admitted that some of the goals the team conceded were cheap but promised that this team would keep a clean sheet soon.
How big a motivation is the return of Dimitar Berbatov?
Berbatov has trained hard and he has been a big influence, Hermann summed up. The Bulgarian has spread his wisdom according to the team’s assistant coach.
“When Berbatov speaks, they will listen, they should listen. He has got a lot of ability and he has been around and he has been one of the world’s best football player.”
Hermann called Berbatov’s return “a massive plus”.
What do you have to say about the young Indian talent in the squad?
“Their attitude is second to none.”
He suggested that the young Indian players in the squad always want to improve and tried to improve. He said that this is visible in Lalruatthara’s game who has gone from ‘strength to strength.’
“He [Lalruatthara] works his socks off in every single training session.”
Hermann also praised the fitness, work rate and attitude of Prasanth. He added that the young players have shown hunger and responsibility, which is a privilege.
Hermann wrapped up the press conference by confirming that there are no fresh injury concerns but Lalruatthara will miss the match after picking up his fourth yellow card of the season against ATK in the previous game.
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