In their first outing, the newest team from the football crazy city of Kolkata, Atletico de Kolkata were not short on support but manager Antonio Habas said he would like to see more fans rooting for them as the tournament progresses.
"I am very happy with the (fans') support. We need more support in next games. My team had the belief in themselves," Habas said after their 3-0 rout of Mumbai City FC in the ISL opener here on Sunday.
Hailing the team that had the distinctive Spanish flavour in short passing skills, Habas said, "They all played fantastic football. My team had the belief in ourselves. We're always persistent"
Asked to compare the standard in football with Atletico Kolkata and their partners in La Liga giants Atletico Madrid he quipped: "I don't want to compare sitting 80,000kms away from Atletico Madrid."
Impressing one and all, ATK dominated the proceedings right from the start with Borja Fernandes winning the 'Hero of the match' for his stunning powerful volley to make it 2-0 in the second-half.
Fikru Teferra who scored the very first goal of the ISL to give ATK the lead in the 27th minute won the Moment of the Match, while goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury was adjudged Emerging Player.