A brand new-look FC Goa, strengthened by the addition of recent overseas gamers and a brand new head coach, will start their Indian Tremendous League marketing campaign with renewed vigour after they conflict with formidable Bengaluru FC in Margao on Sunday.
FC Goa have by no means received the coveted ISL trophy and could be hoping that this time round they go one step ahead than 2018 and 2015 seasons, after they emerged as runners-up.
However it received’t be a simple job for coach Juan Ferrando, who desires the membership to proceed taking part in attacking model of soccer, which additionally they displayed below their earlier coach Sergio Lobera.
“We might proceed to play attacking model of soccer, taking part in 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 imagine 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 purpose scorers within the ISL through the years.
They’ve added a couple of high quality gamers, each home and overseas, and their familiarity with the house circumstances will come in 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 help Angulo.
Goa have an array of robust mid-fielders, the distinguished being skipper Edu Bedia, who can determine 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 “superb workforce” however insisted that the workforce had a constructive mentally.
He additionally stated the workforce must neglect the previous report.
“I fascinated by my workforce now, I do know concerning the historical past about Bengaluru and Goa. However that is new workforce and new chapter. We have to neglect the previous, an important factor is to consider our workforce,” the top coach stated.
Edu stated the workforce has ready properly for this recreation and that Bengaluru was a mentally and bodily robust facet.
Their mid-fielder Lenny Rodrigues stated this season could 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 successful begin and the contribution of star striker Sunil Chhetri could be the important thing.
The Bengaluru workforce boasts of a well-rounded unit and shall be a troublesome opponent first up.
The high-prolific Chhetri can flip a recreation on its head singlehandedly and with a powerful help forged, BFC shall be laborious to get by.
One other vital cog in BFC’s wheel is skilled custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who stored the report of 11 clean-sheets final season. His position could be equally vital as that of Chhetri.
Bengaluru are additionally anticipated to play strikers Cleiton Silva and Kristian Opseth.