Carlos Pena: This is not a loss that worries me

Goa, January 6, 2023: Despite the 3-1 defeat to Hyderabad FC at Fatorda on Thursday, FC Goa remain alive in the race for the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23 playoffs thanks to their impressive performances in the first half of the season.

And according to head coach Carlos Pena, the team can ensure a spot in the top-six, provided they iron out their mistakes ahead of the upcoming games.

“This is not a loss that worries me. We made mistakes, which we’ll analyse and correct – but playing this way, we are not going to lose many games till the end. (There were) many positives today. Everyone could see that we were very close to getting at least one point,” he said at the post-match press conference.

“I think today football hasn’t been fair on us. We tried, we were creating chances, we controlled the game and dominated the game for the large parts.

“In the last part of the first half and then the last minutes of the game, it was difficult for us to come back with the scoreline being 2-1, the rhythm was broken but we created chances and we couldn’t convert them and I think that has been the difference,” the 38-year-old further explained.

‘We want to be close to the top teams’

FC Goa will have more opportunities to break into the top-four later this month, with matches against NorthEast United, Kerala Blasters and East Bengal FC coming up for them.

“We want to be close to the top teams, and for that you have to be always perfect in attack and defence. The performance of the team has been good,” Pena said, when asked about their prospects for the remainder of the season.

“We had chances tonight, we kept creating many and we had opportunities to score. Now, we need to think about the next game against NorthEast United FC and if we play this way, trust me we are not going to lose many games,” he concluded.

Currently in fifth, FC Goa have 19 points from 13 matches. Their upcoming clash is an away fixture against NorthEast United, at Guwahati on January 15.

Also Read: Francesc Bonet confident of reigniting Gokulam Kerala’s title charge

Also Read: Maharashtra squad for Santosh Trophy announced – Football Counter

Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…


The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…


BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…


India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…


Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…


Sunday Boys to hold trials for MFA 1st Division

MFA 1st division side Sunday Boys FC will be conducting trials in the first week of November for the upcoming football season Sunday Boys Football Club was established in the…


Millat FC to hold trials for MFA Elite Premier League

Millat FC – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season Millat had a decent run in…


MFA Elite Division club KSA to conduct trials for the upcoming season

Karnataka Sporting Association (KSA) – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season KSA had an amazing…


Young Guns Football Acadmey to conduct trials for their upcoming MFA 3rd Division Campaign

MFA 3rd Division club Young Guns Football Academy will be conducting open trials on October 9th for their upcoming season in Mumbai Football Young Guns Football Academy was founded in…


OSCAR SSE to conduct trials for Youth I League and YPL team in the U13 category in Mumbai

Mumbai-based OSCAR SSE will conduct trials for their Youth I League and YPL team on 16th and 17th July 2022 at Wings Sports Centre ground. Oscar SSE is a 2-star…