FC Goa missed another opportunity to get 3 points on the board and succumbed to a disappointing home defeat to Kerala Blasters FC, as the Gaurs couldn't maintain their lead over Kerala who fought back to win the match in the 2nd half.
Zico couldn't hide his disappointment over the result in the post-match press conference, as he apologized to the fans by saying: “I want to apologize to all the fans, we couldn't deliver the best result but we still have quite a few matches ahead of us, if we can win at least two matches quickly, our situation will improve. I don't want to make comparisons between this team and last year's team. There is a lot of difference. We had problems building this team since the beginning, so there should not be comparisons with last year's team.”
Zico acknowledged that there's a lot going wrong with Goa this season, and when asked about what went wrong with the team he said: “We knew we were going to face a very hard team that would press us a lot, we had a game just three days ago, they knew it and we were expecting a tough game. We had a good performance in the first half and had one-goal advantage in the second half but unfortunately they scored right after the kick-off in the first minute. We expected them to come with a different strategy but after the goal they changed their strategy. I consider this an equal game with few opportunities, they had opportunities with luck and they scored and won the match.”
Kerala were on the offensive throughout the match which is unlike them as they like to play more defensive naturally, but Zico admitted that he wasn't surprised with it as he stated: “I was not surprised because they had a lot of rest-days, I knew they would press us, it was the game we were expecting so this was not the reason we lost the game."
This marks Goa's 4th loss in their 6 games so far, and Zico is getting worried with the lack of improvement over the matches as he said: “It is not time to plan anything now, we have to check how the players are reacting, and we have to prepare and play well in the next game to win and take our tally to seven points and start the second phase with seven points.”
The Brazilian legend also provided an update on Rafael Coelho, “Rafael still has a problem with his eye, he has not been practising with us, and so I decided to keep him on the bench. I did not want to risk him since it may harm him further. I need him 100% for the rest of the league.”
Things are looking scary for Fc Goa at this juncture and if this issue continues to soar, we might as well see Zico leaving the club.