Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen spoke of his satisfaction with the Kerala Blasters’ progress, despite their 1-1 draw with Mumbai City in their Match Day 4 game on Sunday 3rd December.
The homeside had looked in great shape from the start and Mark Sifneos opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rino Anto with a cross.
But their hopes of their first 3 points was dashed in the 77th minute after Mumbai City forward Balwant Singh equalised.
Kerala Blasters were going through an overhaul from top to bottom when the Dutchman took the reigns. Although they have got off to a winless start to the season following goalless draws against ATK and Jamshedpur, Meulensteen’s chapter with this team has only just began.
“You always need to take positives from every performance. Have to bear in mind that we are, like everyone, a new group of players together trying to gel to get the best out of them.
“Throughout the season clean sheets are going to be more important. You see that teams are conceding two, three, four goals. When that is starting to happen, it is difficult to amend that. We are in the early part of the season.
“I’m actually quite satisfied [with the team’s progress]. Why I am satisfied is because, and that is what a lot of the fans and other people don’t know, they just see the games. They don’t know what is happening behind the scenes, the work that goes in and the process that is taking place. And that is good.
“That can only be good if the players are willingly putting in the effort, discipline and commitment. I am very impressed with the players’ attitude so far,” praised Meulensteen.