FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC Preview: Away with the Blues

Moving on is never easy. However, it might the best decision that one can ever take. Earlier this season, FC Goa as a club decided to move away from being one of the ‘Blues’. A new identity is being fortified, this time in Orange.

The land of sand and beaches has seen their beloved FC Goa romp to all nine points on offer at their home ground. A move to orange has seen a new colour explode with much authority.

Now, they arguably face their toughest test on home turf as the still-unbeaten Bengaluru pay Goa a visit.

On Thursday, the 22nd of November at the Fatorda Stadium, the Gaurs will look to rock the ‘Blues’ away.

The challenge ahead

Bengaluru have been in fabulous form to start the season with the first five games seeing them win four and draw once. Like last season, the Blues have again exhibited football that has been pleasant to the eyes with the core of their team still intact.

Second on the table at the time of writing, the club has seemingly transitioned from the philosophies of Albert Roca to the one of Carles Cuadrat with much ease.

The gaffer’s call

“I think on Thursday, we are going to face one of the best teams in the league. I think it’s going to be a big challenge. I, however, feel it’s a great chance for us to add three points, especially with us playing at home,” stated Sergio Lobera ahead of the game on Thursday.

“But there is still a long way to go and lot many games to play. Tomorrow’s result won’t be the absolute decider as far as the fates of the two teams this season.”

Coro has been in fabulous form again. The Spaniard has already bagged eight goals in six games and should be crucial to Lobera’s plan.

Speaking on the striker’s form, the Spaniard didn’t seem surprised by his performances.

“Coro, as we all know is a brilliant player. I am not at all surprised by what he has been able to do on the pitch this season,” Lobera quipped. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t have brought him back this year.”

The backdrop

With Bengaluru FC entering the league last year, the teams have just squared off twice with the each team winning their respective home games last season.

The 4-3 win for FC Goa in the corresponding fixture last season saw Coro bag a hat-trick for the Gaurs; his first of two hat-tricks last season.

The game also saw Gurpreet Singh Sandhu get sent off for a foul on Manuel Lanzarote.