Despite the fact that his boys have been able to earn three points in the team’s opening match in Indian Super League (ISL) on Saturday in Chennai, Antonio Habas is disappointed. The reason is the condition of the ground. The Spanish coach criticized the poor ground condition at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and held it responsible for his marquee footballer Helder Postiga’s injury in his outside ligament on the right foot.
Postiga, in his debut in the ISL with Athletico De Kolkata (ATK), struck twice and his Spanish coach said in the post-match conference, “The condition of the grass at the Stadium was worst. That is why, Postiga got injured.” Habas was also unhappy with referee’s decision of awarding spot-kick against ATK when team’s defender Arnab Mondal had allegedly handled the ball inside the box.
But the defender himself was confident that the ball did not touch his hands. He said, “If you view the action-replay then it will be clear that my hands were not touched by the ball.” However Habas commented, “I do not comment on referring generally. But today I should say the referee could have considered the situation before awarding spot-kick against us.”
It is still not decided whether Postiga will be fit before ATK take on FC Goa in their second away match on 8th October in Margao, but Ian Hume looked hopeful of Postiga’s return to FC Goa match. Hume said, “The injury seems not be so serious. I am optimistic that Postiga will be seen in action against FC Goa.”