Bambolim: FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC will be looking to bounce back from their previous fixtures and clinch their first three points in the Indian Super League at the GMC Athletic Stadium on Friday evening.
After an underwhelming loss against Mumbai City FC, Goa coach Juan Ferrando remained confident and backed his players to put their best foot forward against Jamshedpur.
Ferrando addressed his team’s concerns in transitional play, one of the major reasons for their defeat against the reigning champions, and insisted his team to be more compact. Moving on from the loss in their opening game, the 40-year-old instilled confidence in his players and shifted focus onto the Jamshedpur game, with a new gameplan and strategy.
During a pre-match press conference, Ferrando said, “In my point of view, our performance in the first game was not good. I’m thinking only in terms of Friday’s game. Most importantly, we’re working in our plan, in our style, and it was okay against Mumbai, our performance was not good. It’s necessary to learn but the focus is on the next game. Obviously, we’re not happy, but this is football, and we have a new challenge so it’s important to focus on Friday’s game.”
On the other Jamshedpur head coach Owen Coyle wants his team to be more clinical in front of goal as Jamshedpur play their second match of the tournament.
In their first match against SC East Bengal, the Jamshedpur-based club took 12 shots in the game out of which only three were on target and one went in. The scorecard read 1-1 at the full time whistle. After having the majority of possession, Coyle and co. would have felt that they should have taken more than a point.
With both teams struggling a bit in their opening match, the clash between Jamshedpur and Goa is a crucial encounter. Jamshedpur have faced Goa eight times in their history. They have only won on two occasions. It remains to be seen if the Men of Steel can come up with the goods this time around and grab all three points in an all-important tie.
During the pre-match press conference, Owen said, “What has happened before has a little or no effect on the game that’s to come. We have to make sure that we are the best version of ourselves. And FC Goa will have the same plan. They’re going to be hurting from losing the first game. And they’re going to be like a wounded animal who is dangerous. We know if we are our best as a team we can win. And that’s our focus. We have to be very respectful of FC Goa. They are a fantastic club, with a great philosophy, great players and outstanding young coach Juan Ferrando.”