Albirex slip up against Tigers
A 0-0 at home to Bhalstier Khalsa wasn’t the result Albirex Coach Koichi Sugiyama was expecting.
Added to the fact that the club’s closest rivals Home United picked up a victory at Courts Young Lions, meaning they are now only one point behind the White Swans with one game to go.
Speaking to Goal Singapore Sugiyama explained his feelings: “In today’s game, sometimes we could play our football but sometimes we could not play our football,I am not satisfied, but we can have a new target.
The Coach also spoke about how his side planned to get round Balestier’s defensive tactics: ” Today, Balestier’s defence was active, so I said at half-time that we wanted [to be] careful of Balestier’s long balls and to get the second ball,”
“In the last 15 minutes, Balestier changed from defence to attack, so we could control the ball a little bit; we made many chances but we could not score.”
Sugiyama also revealed that despite a goalless performance he is confident in his sides ability to negotiate Warriors in the final game of the season.
“Against Tampines [Rovers] we scored three goals, but tonight we could not get the goals. Today Balestier [had] a defensive system, I think it was very defensive, so we did not get the goals.
“I think it’s not a problem. Next game is the next game, this game is this game. We have to change the mind[set], and we have training to change it.”