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The Spanish coach hailed Marcelinho as one of the best players in the league …
ATK Mohun Bagan are off to a great start in the Indian Super League (ISL) after winning the first two matches against Kerala Blasters and East Bengal respectively. Although they have yet to get going, the team did enough to seal the six points offered so far and sit in pole position in the table.
However, head coach Antonio López Habas made it clear that there is no room for complacency or overconfidence.
“We have to keep winning the games after winning the first two. We don’t have much confidence. The players are fantastic professionals. I have the idea to win every day. It was important to win the first two games. It is equally important to win Every game up to the final. We are happy with our performance but we have to keep winning, “said the manager before taking on Odisha FC on Wednesday night.
He also revealed that Edu Garcia is still injured but will recover soon and could be available against Jamshedpur, who they will face on Monday after Odisha’s game.
Bagan has six games to play in December, but the coach is optimistic that his team is up for the challenge.
“We are preparing. Perhaps the match schedule is not the best in the world. But it is necessary due to the Covid situation. There are no excuses. We are prepared to play against all rivals.”
Habas has coached Stuart Baxter earlier in his coaching career during his time in South Africa, first for Mamelodi Sundowns and then for Bidvest Wits. The Spaniard praised his counterpart and believes Odisha will benefit from Baxter’s experience.
“I know Stuart Baxter from my time in South Africa. He is an experienced coach. He has a fantastic resume. I respect him and so does he. We have worked for a long time. It would work out well for Odisha.”
The former Bolivian coach also praised Marcelinho, who will be one of Odisha’s key players, calling him ‘one of the best’ in ISL.
“Marcelinho is one of the best players in the ISL. Maybe last season he was going through a bad streak. He is good in the sets and he is a good playmaker. But we are prepared for him,” said the tactician.
Although the Mariners have racked up all the points in their first two games, they haven’t been at their best. Habas agrees that his team needs to improve physically and hopes that in January the entire squad will be at 100%.
“Looking at the circumstances I must say that all teams are on the same page. We have been without competition for seven months. Being in perfect shape now is difficult. It is a strange situation. We have to come to Goa where there is so much Humidity. We are in 75- 80 percent and hopefully in January we will be 100 percent ”, concluded the technician.