The Gaurs’ skipper expressed his views following the 2-2 draw against the Blues.
FC Goa showed on Sunday as to why they are billed as one of the favourites for this season’s Indian Super League. Edu Bedia and Co. showed tremendous fighting spirit to bounce back from going 2 goals down to Bengaluru FC to secure their first points of the season.
It was only the 2nd time that the Blues failed to pocket all three points after having gone two goals ahead in their history in the ISL.
Speaking on the fightback, captain Edu Bedia said, “What was important was the reaction to going two goals down. Frankly, it was incredible. We kept on believing in ourselves and the kind of football we wanted to play. And that eventually paid off.
“It was very important for all of us to set the tone from the very beginning and this game has helped us believe in ourselves even more. Bengaluru is going to be one of the top teams to beat this season. They are really astute at the back and make it very difficult to attack. They are a very disciplined side. It was a kind of a statement game for us and we made all the right noises.”
Two lost points
Two goals from Igor Angulo in the 66th and 69th minutes of the game saw the Gaurs storm back into the game. And it was, in fact, Juan Ferrando’s men who ended the game stronger as Jorge Ortiz and co. forced Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to have a much busier evening than he would have liked.
“After analyzing the game, I think we lost two points yesterday,” opined Bedia. “We were superior to Bengaluru during the ninety minutes.”
Whilst the Gaurs enjoyed the lions’ share of the possession throughout, the side felt a bit out-of-sync whilst going forward – especially in the first half. Elaborating on the same, Edu Bedia said, “Yes, we all felt the same. It was a bit laboured, to begin with, but with more familiarity, the transition would be smoother in the days to come.
“We are a new team, but as iterated a number of times, we continue to have the same style of football – to attack and play a ‘beautiful’ brand of football which sees everyone fighting for each other. ”
Bedia also felt that while there were many positives to take away from the game, the team needs to work together to shore up the backline after conceding, in his words, “two soft goals.”
“Yes, it (the defence) is an aspect that we have to improve. We have to be more focused and be more aggressive in some moments of the game.
“We did our homework on Bengaluru and were aware of the threat they possessed from set-pieces. And kudos to them for executing those routines. We have to be better in those moments and everyone has to chip in. If we are to win the league, again, as we aim to do, these are things we have to learn for,” concluded Edu Bedia. The Gaurs will look to set things straight and look to get their first three points of the season on Wednesday when they face Mumbai City FC on 25th November. The match will start at 7:30 PM at the Gaur’s designated home ground at Fatorda.