Atletico de Kolkata coach praises Madrid connection for ISL 2016 success
Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) reached their second ISL final in three years after a 0-0 draw against Mumbai City FC on Tuesday and current head coach Jose Molina praised the work ethic at the club for the success.football Updated: Dec 13, 2016 23:28 IST
Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) reached their second ISL final in three years after a 0-0 draw against Mumbai City FC on Tuesday and current head coach Jose Molina praised the work ethic at the club for the success.
Molina also praised the guidance received from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid that saw the Kolkata club secure progression to the knockout stage in all three ISL seasons so far. (HIGHLIGHTS)
“I can’t talk too much about the last two years. But I think everybody is doing a great job from the owners to the management, with the help of Atletico Madrid. Everyone is working to achieve one common aim. Everybody is working in the same direction,” Molina said in the post match press conference following the goalless draw in Mumbai.
Molina took over from Antonio Lopez Habas, who coached the Kolkata side for the first two seasons and joined FC Pune City this term.
Under the Spaniard, ATK now have a chance to win a second title in three years since the league began.
“I am very happy to be here, working with ATK owners, management and players. They all work very hard. From the first moment of planning, they train the whole team (involved in the club). After that, we train to do something good on the pitch. I think it is working well,” he said of his experience thus far.
“As a part of ATK now, I am absolutely happy. Now we have reached two finals in three years and three semifinals in three years, so now we will try to achieve the second title in three years,” he continued.
Incidentally, Molina replaced nine players in his starting line-up from the semifinal first leg against Mumbai City which ATK won 3-2 in Kolkata’s Rabindra Sarobar Stadium.
When asked how much he would tinker with the squad for the final, he shrugged his shoulders and replied vaguely.
“I don’t know who will play in the final. What I tried to do today was to put together the best XI on the pitch. And I will do the same for the final based on how the players recover,” was his response.
First Published: Dec 13, 2016 23:28 IST