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ISL 2020-21: Juan Ferrando – We will have a good game against NorthEast United

The FC Goa coach expects NorthEast United players to be aggressive…

FC Goa host NorthEast United at the Fatorda stadium on Monday in their third Indian Super League (ISL) game this season as they continue their search for their first full points.

They drew against Bengaluru FC in their opening game which was followed by a 1-0 loss to Mumbai City FC. Coach Juan Ferrando believes that his side should have picked three points from the game against Bengaluru FC.

“Our mentality all the time is to get three mpoints. Of course, I’m not so happy because against Bengaluru. I think we lost three points because we had more opportunities to win the game. Against Mumbai, it was difficult after Redeem (Tlang) received the (red) card and in the end, we lost the game because of the penalty.

“It was very difficult for everybody but now this is the past. Now our focus is on NorthEast and to get the three points (against them),” said Ferrando.

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Meanwhile, NorthEast United are unbeaten in their first two games and have four points to show for their efforts. Ferrando exuded confidence ahead of the tie that his side will have a ‘good game’ against NorthEast United.

“Every game depends on a lot of details. Our philosophy is the same – to build the game and create space for positional attack. Sometimes, it depends on the moments, the minute of the game or substitutions. I’m very happy about the way the players are working and it’s more or the less the same for the opponents. They (NorthEast) have very good players and are very aggressive in one against one. I think we will have a very good game on Monday.”

FC Goa’s Spanish centre-back Ivan Gonzalez has expressed the disappointment of the loss to Mumbai City will spur them on when they face the NorthEast United challenge. He also mentioned taht FC Goa’s style of play was best seen against Bengaluru when they came back from two goals down to earn a point.

his awe about the standard of the competition in the league that he has experienced and feels that FC Goa have showed their overall capabilities on the pitch in both their games so far.

“For me, the experience is very good because I think the level of the league is very good with Indian and foreign players. In the last two games, we have faced some of the best teams of the league and we competed very well.

“It’s not easy to play with 10 players against Mumbai. I’m very proud because we did a good job on the pitch and when the game finished, I could see the face of my team-mates and told them ‘it’s okay’ because in football you have another opportunity in two-or-three days. Now Mumbai is the past and we can be focused on NorthEast.

“In our mind, it’s [that we play an] attacking style. Against Bengaluru, for me, was perfect for our style and the goals that we scored were with our style. I think against Mumbai, it was difficult because we played with only 10 players but I’m okay with the way we played,” assessed the Real Madrid youth product.


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