Bengaluru FC head coach, Marco Pezzaiuoli has opened up on his side's 5-0 commanding victory over Nepalese side Tribhuvan Army FC in their 2021 AFC Cup Preliminary Round 2 on Wednesday, revealing that while he was content with the players' performance, he still believed that they were not at 100 percent.
Cleiton Silva and Rahul Bheke scored a brace on the night, with skipper, Sunil Chhetri too getting on the scoresheet in a game which saw the Blues ease to a win in a game that was extremely important for the club going forward.
"It was very important that the team was patient. At half-time we played 0-0, we had some chances in the first half but we developed in the second half. The players showed a little bit of what we trained with and without the ball. A 100% quality was missing with the last pass. But I think it's not the players' fault, we didn't have many training sessions as a team in these four weeks. We stayed more in quarantine [than in training]," he said in a press conference post the game.
“I think they know everything. Now it's [about] the details which will come only when you play more matches and have enough training sessions. The details, what they have shown… I think we will get better. It's a very high-intensity style of football. So, you need more training,” he added.
Bengaluru will now play the winner of the game between Bangladesh’s Abahani Dhaka and Maldives’ Club Eagles in the play-off tie, which is scheduled for Wednesday, 28 April.