Chennai: Chenniyin FC coach Marco Materazzi is not worried about the lack of practice by his players due to rains in Chennai and said he was confident of his side doing well against leaders Atletico de Kolkata in their Indian Super League (ISL) match here today.
Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi. Pic/ISL/Sportzpics
Addressing the pre-match press conference here, Materazzi said, "We are like Cinderella. We are in Chennai and every day rain. We did not have the pitch to train and the ground now.
You saw the last game when we put our heart in the pitch. We wanted to win against Mumbai. If we show the same attitude on the pitch tomorrow and then we have to win. To me and my guys the positive result is very important," said the 2006 World Cup winner.
On his game plan against the Kolkata team, Materazzi said, "We try to play like how we played against Mumbai FC. Without doubt Kolkata is a very good team. We have a bigger opportunity to close the gap. Then after the game we will speak about the result you want."
Materazzi said that the key players of Kolkata not playing today due to suspensions will not be a advantage. Kolkata team captain Louis Garcia said his team will hopefully win.
"My prediction is that hopefully we win. Chennaiyin is a very good team and every player is performing well. They have good midfield, good defence. The players have the quality. We also heard that the pitch is not very good and it is very hard. So, we know how hard it is to play here. Hopefully tomorrow is good for us and we will win," he said.
On long gap between their last tie and today's match, Garcia said, "It is important for our team to take rest as we did not get much rest in our five games. It is hard and tough to play every three days. Now we have this week and this is good for players as they can approach to the game with full capacity."