Kolkata: With the match between Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) and Chennaiyin FC ending in a draw, the head coaches of both the teams expressed happiness over the performance of their respective teams.
ATK head coach Jose Molina, however, said his team had controlled most part of the game.
"I am happy with the way my team had played. We controlled most part of the game so we were surprised when they scored the first goal. The second one was more of luck. But we managed to be back in the game. I am happy with the performance," Molina said at a post match press conference.
Molina praised ATK captain Borja Fernandez for the way he steered the team on the ground with good passes and creating opportunities for other ATK players.
"I am happy with the defenders' play. We will try to win the next game," he said.
Molina refused to blame Tiri, whose header changed the trajectory of Mulder's shot from distance to guide the ball to goal, saying it he was simply unfortunate.
"It was a lucky goal. He (Tiri) had a good game. I have no complaints," he said.
Chennaiyin FC head coach Marco Materazzi said there was always something which calls for improvement after a game.
"There is always something to improve, otherwise the game would have ended 3-0. I don't only judge the full backs, the entire team played well," Materazzi said.
Materazzi denied that the team was under pressure for being the defending champions.
"I don't think there is so much pressure as we are defending champions. You have to forget about last year. Yes we don't have Mendoza this year. But we have proved that everyone can score," Materazzi said.
Meanwhile, ignoring the rains, the crowd at the Rabindra Sarobar stadium egged on their home team Atletico de Kolkata in their first match against Chennaiyin FC.
With the dusk, the crowd started flocking towards the Rabindra Sarobar stadium carrying flags and jerseys of ATK as the entire stadium was filled to the brim.
The crowd lustily cheered, whistled and danced for ATK players as the stadium was filled 90 per cent of its capacity
Rabindra Sarobar last hosted a major tournament way back in the 1999-2000 National Football League when they hosted Tollygunge Agragami.
This year the stadium was made ATK's home ground with unavailability of Vivekananada Yuva Bharati Krirangan where the 2017 U-17 World Cup is slated to be held.