Margao (Goa) [India], December 18 (ANI): After two wins, two defeats, and two draws in their opening six fixtures, FC Goa will seek to achieve consistency in the ongoing seventh season of the Indian Super League (ISL) when they host bitter rivals Chennaiyin FC at the Fatorda Stadium, on Saturday.
Igor Angulo has been lethal upfront for the home side as the Gaurs scored seven times in their last seven games, of which six came from the Spaniard. But the defense has left a lot to be desired, especially in set-piece situations.
Goa has conceded six times in as many games of which five came from set-pieces. However, they have faced just 15 shots on target, the joint second-lowest in the league.
"Our target is to win. But sometimes you draw and lose, maybe because of a penalty. His team conceded late penalties twice and the Spaniard expressed his dissatisfaction with their tendency to give away soft goals," said Juan Ferrando in an ISL release.
"We also have to think about the spaces when we lose the ball and go on to concede the penalty. We are not happy conceding late penalties. It is necessary to think about what happened before the penalty," he added.
Ferrando stressed the team would have to give 100 per cent on the pitch to get their desired results.
"If we are working hard, we will have success at the end of the season. It is always about working hard on the pitch," he said.
Chennaiyin FC aren't faring any better than their opponents. The two-time champions are finding it difficult to score, with only three goals to their name so far. They are in the eighth position with five points from five games.
"We want to use our strengths. We need to score goals. We should not be aggressive but focused when we get chances to score. We also have to be organised and stop Goa and we can lead the team to a win," said Chennaiyin FC coach Csaba Laszlo.
Goa lost their previous match against ATK Mohun Bagan but Laszlo knows it wouldn't be an easy clash against the two-time runners-up.
"We also have to concentrate on ourselves. Goa play good football, we also play football. It should be an interesting game for both sides," he opined. (ANI)