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People always remember mistakes, forget good things: Kattimani | Goa News

After yet another Indian Super League (ISL), Laxmikant Kattimani is talking about him. But unlike 2015 when he was ridiculed for his mistakes, this time he is a hero after saving three penalties for Hyderabad FC against Kerala Blasters at Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Sunday.
No one would have imagined the keeper could make such a spectacular comeback after hitting rock bottom after the 2015 final between hosts FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC.
Kattimani conceded two late goals in the final which saw Goa surrender the title to Chennaiyin FC. Since then, it has been difficult to convince clubs that he still had it in him to be among the best in the business world.
When KP long ranger Rahul tipped Kattimani in the 68th minute on Sunday, it looked like a throwback to the bad days. But then the tiebreaker gave him another chance which he grabbed with both hands.
“I was ready before the final. We believed in each other throughout the campaign,” Kattimani told TOI on Monday.
The two-time runners-up Kerala Blasters sailed with their slim lead until another Goan, Sahil Tavora, came to the rescue of Kattimani and Hyderabad two minutes from time with a striking gem.
The game headed into extra time and then the penalty shootout where Kattimani – cool, composed and transformed – saved three of four penalty kicks.
The whole season was played behind closed doors in Goa for the second consecutive edition due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fans were welcomed to the final at Fatorda after two years, but it was never a problem for Kattimani.
“I had played with a full capacity crowd in an ISL final earlier so I knew what to expect. People always remember the mistakes you make on the pitch and forget good things. That’s the life of a footballer.
“It was very difficult at times and it took a long time to bounce back, but I always believed in myself,” said the 32-year-old.
Hyderabad coach Manuel Marquez has always insisted on the need for penalty shootout practice and goalkeeping coach Marc Gamon has been instrumental in Kattimani’s resurgence.
“I was very confident in the shootout and luckily it worked in our favour,” Kattimani said.
Marquez thinks Kattimani is the best goalkeeper for Hyderabad’s style of play and has rated him among the best.
“I always say he’s the best goalkeeper for our style of play,” Marquez said. “He’s a keeper who’s not just in goal, but he’s good with his feet and plays outside the box like today. In my opinion, Prabhsukhan Gill has played very well this season, but maybe- to be because I am the coach of Hyderabad, if I have to choose one, for sure it is Kattimani.


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