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

SSE BFC to conduct trials for U9 to U17 age group players

SSE BFC Soccer School will be conducting fresh trials this month for players aged below 17 to be part of their football program SSE BFC Soccer Schools is a football…


India Khelo Football Season 3 Trials for Mumbai and Thane are here

India Khelo Football (IKF) is back with Season 3 of its widely acclaimed trials with an aim to cover more than 50 cities this time around. After the resounding success…


Mastering the Art of Football Trials: Key Pre-Trial Factors to Keep in Mind

Football trials are a critical juncture for aspiring players to showcase their skills and secure a spot in a team. To maximize your chances of success, it’s essential to tailor your approach based on your playing position as well as keeping in mind a few pre-trial factors.


Somaiya Sports Academy to conduct trials for MFA 2nd Division campaign

Somaiya Sports Academy is looking for passionate young football players for the Somaiya Sports Academy Football Team to compete in the MFA 2nd Division League 2023-2024. If selected, you will…


BFC Soccer Schools – Mumbai to conduct trials for U14 & U16 Girls

The BFC Soccer Schools Elite team girls’ trials are coming up in search of talented players from the U14 to U16 (Born 2009 and after) age groups into the club’s…


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…