FC Goa won’t change approach as they take on former coach Juan Ferrando’s ATK Mohun Bagan | Goa News
For a year and a half, Juan Ferrando coached FC Goa and prepared them meticulously for any battle. He knew each player’s strength and weakness and went to war with a plan. He has been successful on several occasions.
Now that Goa is preparing to go back to war, they will find Ferrando in the opponents’ corner, guiding ATK Mohun Bagan, in what promises to be an intriguing Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday.
It has been a strange season for Goa. They won the Durand Cup earlier this season with Ferrando in charge, and the Spain coach left them to join ATK Mohun Bagan after just six ISL games.
“Our philosophy will not change,” new Goa coach Derrick Pereira told TOI during an online interaction on Tuesday. “We will stay true to our style. There will be little change here and there, but players understand their roles in different situations and at different times in the game. ”
Goa started badly with three straight losses and just as things were improving with two straight wins, Ferrando joined ATKMB, taking his former club by surprise.
Pereira, the man who replaced Ferrando, didn’t make too many changes in his first game at the helm of Odisha FC which ended 1-1. However, with several players injured and three of them recovering from food poisoning, he may need an alternate plan.
“We are working on what to expect from ATK Mohun Bagan and counter them and we are also looking for ways to put pressure on them, create opportunities and defend well,” Pereira said.
Goa will be boosted with the return of winger Jorge Ortiz from a two-match suspension. But the defense, still untouched after seven matches, will have to face its former teammates Liston Colaco, Hugo Boumous and Manvir Singh. The trio with Roy Krishna combined well to score 13 goals.
Ferrando started well at ATKMB, tasting victory with his new team as they edged NorthEast United 3-2. Even though the Spain coach was only in place for one day, his new team played with more freedom and had one of their best offensive performances.
Last year’s finalists took 25 shots in their last game, the most shots they’ve landed in a single game, and 20 of them were from inside the box, the most large number that they succeeded.
They also had 647 touches of the ball, unlike the previous days when Antonio Lopez Habas was the coach.
Ferrando knows his old team all too well but believes it will be a different team with a new plan, under a new coach.
“This week has been weird when you prepare your squad against your old squad,” Ferrando said. “The normal occasions you have the time, the days, but this business is very difficult. It’s a confused feeling and the emotions are hard to explain.
Goa has had a lot of joy at Fatorda since ISL kicked off in 2014. This season is different – the Goans have lost both games here, against Mumbai City and NorthEast United.
As they wish to be able to change the scenario, against ATKMB, trained by Ferrando, one of theirs.