Kolkata, Dec 4 (IANS) Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) coach Antonio Lopez Habas on Friday said his team lost the Indian Super League (ISL) encounter against Mumbai City FC here as they did not play with 100 percent intensity as there was “too much distraction”.
The defending champions ended their campaign with the 2-3 loss against Mumbai at the Salt Lake stadium. “We just did not play with 100 percent intensity. There was too much of distraction. The players maybe had the semi-finals in mind (since ATK have qualified) and therefore there was a lack of concentration,” Habas said.
Asked what went wrong in the game, he said: “Mumbai had no pressure and they played well, I don’t know why but we played with a lot of pressure.” Habas added that he did not play Bostwana midfielder Ofentse Nato as he was on three yellow cards and another one in the game would have sidelined him from the first-leg of the semi-final. “Nato has three yellow cards, so we did not want to risk him,” said the Spaniard.