A brand new-look FC Goa, strengthened by the addition of contemporary overseas gamers and a brand new head coach, will start their Indian Tremendous League marketing campaign with renewed vigour once they conflict with formidable Bengaluru FC right here on Sunday.
FC Goa have by no means received the coveted ISL trophy and can be hoping that this time round they go one step ahead than 2018 and 2015 seasons, once they emerged as runners-up.
However it will not be a simple process for coach Juan Ferrando, who needs the membership to proceed enjoying attacking model of soccer, which additionally they displayed beneath their earlier coach Sergio Lobera.
“We’d proceed to play attacking model of soccer, enjoying the sport on the entrance foot. That’s the philosophy of the membership and that’s what actually attracted me to the job. It’s aligned with the form of soccer I imagine in,” Ferrando stated.
FC Goa, who received the League Winners Defend final season to turn out to be the primary aspect from India to qualify for the group stage of the AFC Champions League, have parted methods with the likes of star forwards Ferran Corominas and Hugo Boumous, who’ve established themselves as feared objective scorers within the ISL through the years.
They’ve added just a few high quality gamers, each home and overseas, and their familiarity with the house situations will turn out to be useful of their bid to no less than attain the play-offs stage.
FC Goa would financial institution on their Spanish deadly striker Igor Angulo to show his mettle proper from the start. The coach has choices in different forwards like Aaren D’Silva, Devendra Murgaonkar, Ishan Pandita and Makan Chothe, to select from, to help Angulo.
Goa have an array of robust mid-fielders, the distinguished being skipper Edu Bedia, who can resolve the destiny of the sport. Additionally, the likes of India worldwide Brandon Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Albert Noguera, and Jorge Ortiz must play their position as feeders.
The departure of utility mid-fielders like Ahmed Jahouh and Hugo Boumous would put extra strain on Noguera, who must set up himself as a hyperlink between Bedia and Angulo.
Then there are defenders Ivan Gonzalez and James Donachie, aside from different native defenders, to man the road and thwart the opposition assault.
Ferrando, within the pre-match press convention, described their first opponents as a “superb staff” however insisted that the staff had a optimistic mentally.
He additionally stated the staff must neglect the previous document. “I occupied with my staff now, I do know in regards to the historical past about Bengaluru and Goa. However that is new staff and new chapter. We have to neglect the previous, an important factor is to consider our staff,” the top coach stated.
Edu stated the staff has ready properly for this recreation and that Bengaluru was a mentally and bodily robust aspect.
Their mid-fielder Lenny Rodrigues stated this season can be completely different since they’ve a brand new coach. However, Bengaluru who’ve received the ISL as soon as, would even be hoping for a profitable begin and the contribution of star striker Sunil Chhetri can be the important thing.
The Bengaluru staff boasts of a well-rounded unit and will likely be a tricky opponent first up. The high-prolific Chhetri can flip a recreation on its head singlehandedly and with a robust help forged, BFC will likely be laborious to get by.
One other vital cog in BFC’s wheel is skilled custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who saved the document of 11 clear sheets final season. His position can be equally vital as that of Chhetri. Bengaluru are additionally anticipated to play strikers Cleiton Silva and Kristian Opseth,