PANJIM: FC Goa exceeded all expectations in the Asian Football Confederation in just three games. They were the first team to score a goalless draw and then the first Indian team to score in the competition.
Although the « tired » Gaurs battled Persepolis FC, coach Juan Ferrando will review his strategy when he welcomes them in the second leg at Fatorda today.
« We will review the tactics against Persepolis tomorrow. We are going into the game with the hope of performing better than our previous game. As head coach, it is my job to to bring the best line-up forward, « said Juan Ferrando while addressing the media.
Captain Edu Bedia surprisingly brought Goa into the lead in the 14th minute, before Persepolis shortly afterwards with two goals (18th and 24th) .) that were dominated by the Iranian team, who finished second last season.
Playing three games in a week caused some players to get tired, and the head coach de s Goa FC, Juan Ferrando, said some new legs will start on Friday.
Bedia, who scored the first goal for an Indian team in the prestigious top division, is a dubious starter for the game after a blow on Friday.
« It can be difficult for all teams to play six games in 20 days, but it wasn’t that big of a problem for us. We have to prepare properly after every matchday so that we can play in the best possible conditions, « he told Ferrando before the game.
» We know the next game will be difficult, but this is the AFC Champions League and the expectations are great. I’m happy with the players and their performance, although there are some areas that we need to improve. «
Ferrando spoke of the fitness problems his side is facing: » Edu Bedia is a big doubt tomorrow. He suffered a blow from the (previous) game. It’s not serious, but we’ll find out soon. The physical therapist and therapist are working it is difficult to take care of him again to keep him fit. “
However, Persepolis will be confident of their fourth straight win as the Iranian Pro League champions have seen the full package so far.
They started their season with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Al Wahda and showed their fighting spirit when they defeated Al Rayyan 3-1 before taking on Goa FC.
« The results we have achieved so far are due to the trust and focus of the players Many might think that these points were scored because we were in an easy group, but that’s not really the case. Our group is one of the most difficult, « said Golmohammadi.
» Before our game against Goa Everyone thought they were a weak team. But they are not. They have shown good quality and play very well, coherently, with high intensity and with heart. «
» We will try to defend ourselves from free kicks focus so this is not considered Sc is considered a weakness for Persepolis. The two goals we conceded from set pieces were rare and the fact that they came twice could be cause for concern. We have to address this problem. «
A win against FC Goa brings Persepolis closer to a round of 16. The top team from each of the five groups and the top three runners-up make it to the round of 16.
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