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Santosh Kashyap Finally Says, “Top 3 Finish Not Possible Anymore”

Sunday, 5 March 2017|John Zothansanga

Mumbai FC coach Santosh Kashyap has been so optimistic that he kept aiming for Top 3 despite his side being thrashed day in and out in the league. Even before playing Aizawl FC, he felt, top 3 was still a possibility. But finally, after the 2-0 defeat, the former Royal Wahingdoh coach accepted that reaching that target is no longer possible.

“That is just a dream now. Before today’s match, I believed there was still a possibility. But we have lost too many points to achieve that,” Kashyap said after the match.

The journey-man Kashyap also admitted that his position as the head coach of the Maharashtra-based club is hanging by a thread after the defeat to Aizawl FC.

“I am under pressure for sure. We lose against Aizawl FC for the second time, and I am not happy about it either. I can't predict my future,  don’t know where I will be. But, we all know the position where we are in is not good.”

Kashyap did start his stint with Mumbai FC in a grand fashion, notching up two consecutive victories without a single foreigner in their ranks. But since the 3rd round, the Essel Group-backed club went on to lose six straight matches before they drew their next three at home.

With the defeat in Aizawl today, Kashyap has stretched Mumbai FC’s winless run to ten matches as they stacked themselves in the 9th position, only above Chennai City FC. It has to be mentioned that CCFC have played a match less than Mumbai FC.

On being quizzed about the reason for their poor run, he said, “We were still building our squad even long after the league had started. That didn’t give us enough time to gel and understand each other but all other teams were set and were ready for the challenges.”

Meanwhile, Thoi Singh was seen throwing a bottle at the substitute bench when he was substituted for Victorino Fernandes in the second half. 

When asked about the incident Santosh Kashyap said, “Thoi Singh wasn't playing well and that is the reason why I took him off. Lots of miss passes and his crosses were bad too. I told him to calm down.”