AFC Champions League 2021: FC Goa should play in event, says Persepolis FC head coach

AFC Champions League 2021: FC Goa should play in event, says Persepolis FC head coach

The Indian membership just isn’t solely technically sound however the gamers are mentally robust as nicely, in response to Golmohammadi,

AFC Champions League 2021: FC Goa deserve to play in tournament, says Persepolis FC head coach

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Margao: Debutants FC Goa should compete within the AFC Champions League, says Persepolis FC head coach Yahya Golmohammadi, who’s anticipating a troublesome battle towards the Indian facet on Tuesday.

The primary Indian outfit to play within the continent’s top-tier membership competitors, FC Goa surpassed expectations after they held AL-Rayyan and Al Wahda to goalless attracts of their first two outings of the distinguished league.

They occupied the second spot within the group desk.

The ISL facet will now tackle Group E toppers Iranian champions Persepolis.

“I noticed each their matches, they usually have been actually working, and been operating loads. It is (FC Goa’s place on the desk) not solely shocking for us, but additionally for everybody else within the ACL,” mentioned Golmohammadi on the eve of the match.

The Indian membership just isn’t solely technically sound however the gamers are mentally robust as nicely, in response to Golmohammadi,

“From the psychological side, they’re on an actual excessive, they usually have been doing nicely on the technical side as nicely. It’s not by chance that they stopped two good groups. They did it on benefit.”

“It is not going to be straightforward towards them tomorrow. We have to focus onerous as a result of our rivals are superb at counter-attacking,” continued Golmohammadi.

Forward of their match towards Persepolis, FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando mentioned that it was akin to a “dream” for his facet.

“This (taking part in at this degree) is sort of a dream come true for us. We’re simply taking it sport by sport. For us, it is all in regards to the Persepolis sport proper now. We’re taking it sport by sport, and we’re targeted.”

Merely a second-place end within the group stage doesn’t assure Goa a qualification into the knockout stage.

Solely three greatest second-placed groups from the West Asian Teams Teams A, B, C, D and E will progress to the knockout stage.

Nevertheless, Ferrando just isn’t pondering that far forward about qualification simply but.

“From my viewpoint, a very powerful sport is the subsequent one, and we play Persepolis subsequent. I like this competitors, however we have to take it step-by-step.

“We’ll attempt to get extra factors, but it surely’s in regards to the mentality. The gamers want this expertise (of taking part in at this degree),” acknowledged Ferrando.

“It is not going to be straightforward, as a result of Persepolis have loads of expertise already within the ACL. It’s crucial on this case, that we work thrice greater than them. On the finish, we have to preserve focus each second, tomorrow, or we could have large issues,” he mentioned.

FC Goa’s goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, who has impressed every body together with his performances, maintaining two clear sheets in as many ACL appearances thus far, believes that the taking part in time he has received at FC Goa has helped enhance his confidence.

“The World Cup (FIFA U-17) was an enormous factor for me, and that actually helped construct confidence. However for a younger goalkeeper like me, it is essential to maintain taking part in video games. Fortunately, I’ve been in a position to do this since I got here to FC Goa,” mentioned Dheeraj.

Whereas he has confronted tough instances within the current seasons, Dheeraj feels that they’ve helped rework him into a greater participant.

“You do not get every little thing as a participant, and it’s good to use the tough moments as a studying course of as a participant and as a human being, mentioned Dheeraj.

“Since I’ve moved to Goa, I’ve labored onerous, and the coach loves that I try this and play my pure sport. That has helped me regain my confidence.”

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