“Doesn’t matter if we play Jamshedpur or Real Madrid” – Mourtada Fall confident ahead of big test

01 November 2018

~ Fall not overly worried about Goa’s form at the back ~

Goa sits near the top of the table after a bristling start to the season. Having won three of the first four games, the team is on a high going into their fifth game against a still unbeaten Jamshedpur.

Having scored 14 goals in their first four games, the Gaurs have seemingly picked up from where they left off last season on the attacking front. The Gaurs, however, still are looking to find their groove at the back having conceded six.

Mourtada Fall is the one that Sergio Lobera has entrusted for getting things sorted out at the back this season and the big Senegalese seemed to be not as concerned about the happenings in the backline as one might think.

“I am not really worried. We can’t overthink these things. Yes, we have made mistakes and the coach comes back to us after every game and tells us how to improve. We are looking to get better in that part of the game. Worrying is not something I do. What I do is look how to get better,” stated Fall who seemed reasonably confident of turning things around at the back going into the game against Jamshedpur.

Into the Furnace

Jamshedpur FC might not have set the ISL alight like FC Goa in their first few games. The side, however, remains unbeaten with a new style and are hoping to get their main-man Tim Cahill firing in the days to come.

Fall, however, reiterated the fact that the team will not be focussing on any big name going into the game.

“At the end of the day, it’s the football that matters. I don’t really care about the name playing against us. What I care about are the brothers that play beside me. How I can help them and how we can win together,” stated the composed-looking defender.

“To be honest, it is my initial days in the ISL and I don’t know much about this team or that. What we need to keep persevering towards is playing at the same high level. We want to improve every game and it doesn’t matter whether we play Real Madrid or Jamshedpur, we try to do our best.”

Plotting the Fall

Whilst many still points to Goa’s vulnerability at the back, one can’t miss the point that the goals scored against the Gaurs so far have been mostly due to the brilliance of the attackers or individual mistakes rather than a general breakdown of the defensive machinery. Fall looks intent on helping his team get better at that aspect as well.

With two unbeaten teams going head to head, the Senegalese knows that he would have to be on top of his game. As evidenced from his outings so far, not many are going to put their money against him.