FC Goa have by no means gained the coveted ISL trophy and could be hoping that this time round they go one step ahead than 2018 and 2015 seasons, once they emerged as runners-up.
But it will not be a straightforward process for coach Juan Ferrando, who desires the membership to proceed enjoying attacking model of soccer, which in addition they performed underneath their earlier coach Sergio Lobera.
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“We would continue to play attacking brand of football, playing the game on the front foot. That is the philosophy of the club and that is what really attracted me to the job. It is aligned with the kind of football I believe in,” Ferrando mentioned.
FC Goa, who gained the League Winners Shield final season to turn 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 aim scorers within the ISL through the years.
They have added a couple of high quality gamers, each home and overseas, and their familiarity with the house situations will come helpful of their bid to no less than attain the play-offs stage.
FC Goa would financial institution on their Spanish deadly striker Igor Angulo proves his mettle proper from the start.
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The coach has choices in different forwards like Aaren D’Silva, Devendra Murgaonkar, Ishan Pandita and Makan Chothe, to select from, to help Angulo.
But Goa has an array of robust mid-fielders, the outstanding amongst being skipper Edu Bedia, who can determine the destiny of the sport.
Also, the likes of India worldwide Brandon Fernandes, Lenny Rodrigues, Albert Noguera, and Jorge Ortiz, should play their function 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 other than different native defenders to man the road and thwart the opposition assault.
On the opposite hand, Bengaluru, who’ve gained the ISL as soon as, would even be hoping for a profitable start and contribution of star striker Sunil Chhetri could be the important thing.
The Bengaluru workforce boasts of a nicely-rounded unit and can be a troublesome opponent first up.
The prolific Chhetri can flip a recreation on its head single handedly and with a robust help solid, BFC can be onerous to beat.
Another essential cog in BFC’s wheel is skilled custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who saved the document of 11 clear-sheets final season. His function could be equally essential as that of Chhetri.
Bengaluru are additionally anticipated to play key strikers Cleiton Silva, Kristian Opseth.