ISL 2020-21: Coach Cuadrat departs however points stay for Bengaluru FC


Carles Cuadrat 

They might have proven the door to teach Carles Cuadrat after a string of poor performances, however Bengaluru FC proceed to be slowed down by a bunch of points, together with accidents and issues at the back and front.

The previous ISL champions — it was Cuadrat who guided them to the title — took a daring name on Wednesday by deciding to half methods with the Spaniard.

Interim coach Naushad Moosa is ready to take over.

The choice by the administration comes after the Blues suffered a complete 1-Three defeat in opposition to Mumbai Metropolis FC.

They weren’t solely overwhelmed however outplayed. The consequence additionally meant that Bengaluru misplaced three successive video games for the primary time of their historical past. Earlier than happening to Mumbai, Bengaluru had additionally failed to attain in two consecutive video games for the primary time ever.

The cracks had been evident for Bengaluru because the begin of the season, having bagged simply 12 factors from 9 matches this season.

Final season, BFC ended third within the league regardless of scoring solely 22 objectives in 18 matches. The shortage of creativity was a serious concern as they struggled to attain from open play. Greater than half of their objectives got here from set-pieces (14).

However what aided them was a stable defensive unit that shipped simply 13 objectives from 18 matches, registering 11 clear sheets within the course of.

This season, even that defensive prowess seems to have abandoned them. They’ve conceded 12 objectives, one lower than final season’s tally and have saved simply two clear sheets.

Solely the underside three groups – East Bengal, Kerala Blasters, and Odisha FC – have conceded extra. Seven of these objectives got here after the 60th-minute mark, maybe an indication of their backline’s lack of ability to cope with stress.

Accidents didn’t assist Cuadrat’s trigger both. An harm to makeshift left-back Ashique Kuruniyan in opposition to Odisha additional worsened Bengaluru’s defensive disaster.

Kuruniyan’s tempo and trickery on the left flank have been missed with Cuadrat selecting to position his belief within the skilled Rahul Bheke over pure left-back Ajith Kumar in that place. Pratik Chaudhari took up Bheke’s function in central defence however is but to settle in.

Upfront, Blues have appeared disjointed in assault and have struggled to create probabilities from open play as soon as once more.

9 of BFC’s 12 objectives this marketing campaign have come from set-pieces, emphasizing their dependence on dead-ball conditions. A serious cause for this has been the failure to switch a striker of Miku’s caliber.

The Venezuelan was instrumental for the Blues when it got here to each scoring objectives and creating probabilities.

In distinction, forwards Deshorn Brown and summer time signing Kristian Opseth are but to web a objective this season whereas captain Sunil Chhetri continues to shoulder the burden upfront. Identical to final season, the talismanic striker stays Bengaluru’s main scorer, having netted 4 objectives this marketing campaign.

Cuadrat could have gone however the points that plagued his reign stay. Bengaluru won’t have a lot time to deal with these points as they face SC East Bengal on Saturday. They should discover options by hook or criminal if they’re to stay alive within the race for the playoffs.

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