A brand new-look FC Goa, strengthened by the addition of contemporary international 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 in Margao 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.
Nevertheless it received’t be a simple job for coach Juan Ferrando, who desires the membership to proceed enjoying attacking model of soccer, which additionally they displayed underneath 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 type of soccer I consider in,” Ferrando stated.
FC Goa, who received the League Winners Protect final season to change into the primary facet 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 over time.
They’ve added a number of high quality gamers, each home and international, and their familiarity with the house circumstances will turn out to be useful of their bid to a minimum of 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 assist Angulo.
Goa have an array of sturdy 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 should play their position as feeders.
The departure of utility mid-fielders like Ahmed Jahouh and Hugo Boumous would put extra stress on Noguera, who should 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 “excellent crew” however insisted that the crew had a constructive mentally.
He additionally stated the crew must overlook the previous file.
“I enthusiastic about my crew now, I do know concerning the historical past about Bengaluru and Goa. However that is new crew and new chapter. We have to overlook the previous, a very powerful factor is to consider our crew,” the top coach stated.
Edu stated the crew has ready nicely for this recreation and that Bengaluru was a mentally and bodily sturdy facet.
Their mid-fielder Lenny Rodrigues stated this season can be totally different since they’ve a brand new coach.
Alternatively, Bengaluru who’ve received the ISL as soon as, would even be hoping for a successful begin and the contribution of star striker Sunil Chhetri can be the important thing.
The Bengaluru crew boasts of a well-rounded unit and might be a tricky opponent first up.
The high-prolific Chhetri can flip a recreation on its head singlehandedly and with a robust assist solid, BFC might be arduous to get by.
One other vital cog in BFC’s wheel is skilled custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who saved the file of 11 clean-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.