The Furnace is ready to witness a clash for supremacy when the team goes up against Chennaiyin FC tomorrow night. While the preparations are on full swing for the home team, the visitors after a rough start to the season are ready to enter the field with a fresh and positive approach with Owen Cyle as their new manager.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Coach Antonio Iriondo had a few words to share ahead of #JFCCFC.
Thoughts on tomorrow night's match
We always look forward to having a good match and we always play for victory. We are not sure about how Chennaiyin FC is going to play now that they have a new head coach. But, I do hope that we will manage well and score a win.
On Sergio Castel's injury update
Castel will not be available against Chennaiyin FC. But, we do have other players who can play as a striker. Whoever performs the best in training will get a chance to play and we will make the decision before the match.
Any update on Piti's injury since the international break
Piti is back in training and doing well. But, this is is a matter of fitness and we will have to see before the match how things are.
Thoughts on if Piti and Castel's absence would be a hindrance for the team
I’m going to keep trusting my players and how they have trained throughout the week. I’m happy with the situation at this point. We have lost some of our important players but the team is getting good results. I hope we continue this till the players are back in action.
Antonio also shared his opinion on how injuries to key players change things up a bit in the middle of the season.
“When you lose a player for five matches in such a short league, it does create a few problems, especially if it happens to important players like Piti. But I’m sure Castel and Piti will be back soon.”
Jamshedpur FC defender Robin Gurung too was at the pre-match press conference and spoke highly about the influence of Spanish coaches on the way he practices and plays.
"This is a nice system. We can improve ourselves as well. This is my second season under a Spanish coach and they train us to move the ball more. Earlier, we used to move more than the ball. However, the game is changing, and so are we. Now, I have adapted to the new system.”