"We are now at 50% and need to improve a lot." Juan Ferrando

Mohun Bagan made a remarkable comeback from a goal down to win the match by 3-1 and sealed their AFC Cup Group Stage Slot in the preliminary stage 2.2 clash on Tuesday, Aug 22. 

After analysing the game, Juan Ferrando and Jason Cummings attended the Post Match Press Conference.

Juan Ferrando on their Comeback: 

“We changed a lot of details in the second half and talked about our plan. We knew it would be difficult today because some players joined without proper training and we had problems in the last moment as well. But I’m happy because the players played like they wanted to be in the group stages and we had the success.”

Juan Ferrando on how many match it'll take to regain their 100% fitness level: 

“We can’t really tell you how many matches we’ll need to be fully fit. The target of the entire team is to improve with every match. Obviously, we are now at 50% and need to improve a lot. We are in different competitions – CFL, Durand Cup and AFC Cup, and some are joining the national team. So, I hope with every passing day and training session the team can improve. When we decide the line-ups going forward, hopefully, we’ll have a more fit team.”

Juan Ferrando on upcoming Durand Cup clash against Mumbai City: 

“For me, the most important is to recover well because we have problems in our dressing room. We have some injuries, so my target is a good recovery session and then we’ll prepare for the match. We need to think about the present. Some players like Jason Cummings played 80+ minutes and a great recovery is very much important for them. It’s difficult for all the players and staff to think about the next match now. We’ll prepare for everything from tomorrow.”

Juan Ferrando on debutant Hector Yuste: 

“Hector joined us one day ago, played 90 minutes today and we only told him two details. I’m happy with his performance. He’s an important player because, he can help us in the build-up, help us in the attack and also with the transitions. I know he is coming with lot of talent and I hope we can help him improve a lot in training with one day at a time.”

Juan Ferrando on Hugo-Sahal duo: 

“When we play in attack, we use a 3-2-3-2 system depending on the position of our attacks. I think both are good together. Sahal is very aggressive and the talent of Boumous is well known.”

“But it’s important for me to work in the transition into defending, because sometimes they are both in the attack and it’s tough to control the defensive transitional details with both in the attacking areas. They are responsible to assist to Jason, Sadiku, Kiyan and Manvir when they are playing in the frontline and create chances for us.”

The Man Of The Match Jason Cummings expressed a few : 

“I’m always happy to score a goal. It was an important one at that time of the match. The most important thing was to get the win and go through to the group stages. We controlled the game better in the second half.”

(On The Epic Comeback): “In the first half, we weren’t at our best. We got the penalty that gave us a lifeline. I was happy to score the goal to get us back into the game. We need to work hard, press harder and the coach said us that we needed to do more, keep the ball better and press better. We kept control of the ball, moved it side to side and created more chances. We scored twice in the second half and got a great win.”

This was the Post Match Press Conference from AFC Cup Preliminary Round 2.2 Game. 

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