Albert Roca’s Views On Gurupreet Singh Sandhu
Albert Roca on Gurupreet Singh Sandhu
The Seven Goal thriller ends in favour of home side, with the FCG’s striker Ferran Corominas hat-trick. This was the first hat-trick in the season.
The big controversy of the game in the 35th minute when Gurupreet Singh was sent off. A miss timed back pass to Gurpreet was read by Manuel who charged in for the ball along with Gurpreet who wanted to clear the ball. The clash between them sent the ball away from the goal but the tackle made Manuel angry who barged into Gurpreet for a push. Gurpreet’s push and a wack on the face brought down Manuel inside BFC’s box. Referee sighted it well and gave marching off orders to Gurpreet. No action was taken against Manuel though, Manuel should also have got a card for creating the situation, and Goa got a penalty instead. Abhra Mondal came on the goal for Bengalur FC with Rahul Beke going out. Resulting penalty was well taken by Manuel beating the new boy Abhra Mondal.
In the Post match press conference Bengaluru FC Head Coach had expressed his views about the match that is followed as “It’s a shame the manner in which he (Gurpreet) got provoked. My goalkeeper cannot react like this. He’s young and has good quality but put himself in trouble today. He had to control himself. With 11 players, we were playing quite good and we could have got back in the game. Even at 2-1, we could have scored,” Roca said.
The Spaniard lauded his side’s endeavours to stage a comeback even after trailing 3-1 but felt the result could’ve easily gone their way had they not made mistakes at the start of the game.
“I like the way my team tried to come back but we made a lot of mistakes in the beginning of the game and we were punished every time they had opportunities. That’s football and we have to learn. We spent too much energy trying to come back and they took advantage of that,” explained Roca.
The 54-year-old wasn’t impressed with some of the decisions made by the referee as well but said he’d rather not talk much about it as his side committed a lot of mistakes throughout the game.
“I do not agree about the refereeing when Coro was out (of the playing field). The referee let him come in with the ball in attack. Our defence was surprised to see him coming back in. Imagine if they had scored through a counter attack. I don’t want to complain too much as we made a lot of mistakes and we have to learn from that.”
The Bengaluru coach defended his team’s captain Sunil Chhetri who had a rather quiet outing against the Goan side. “Sunil is an incredible player. He’s the captain of the Indian national team and he’s a human. He can play better. This player has given us so much. Today he was perhaps not that great but he’s always fighting.”
The coach also rued his team’s inability to garner a vital point away from home. “We lost too many passes in the midfield and we have to work on that. I’m not so happy. Perhaps Goa did not press so much in the second half as they were expecting us to lose the ball, but we were really playing well. We were trying to find solutions,” he said.
FC Goa Head Coach Sergio Lobera on his teams Performance ”I’m very happy with the result and was equally happy to play in front of the home fans today. The message was simple, go out there and get a result. We weren’t expecting anything less than three points”.
The Goa has now scored an impressive eight goals in three games. However, it is quite evident that FC Goa’s defensive side of their game still needs a lot of work as they have conceded six goals in the same amount of time.
Lobera about Corominas, who scored first Hat-trick of the season. “We all know Coro is a good player, but I don’t like to talk about individuals because even when we lose, I don’t highlight individual mistakes. We win and lose as a team and I must commend my team for their performance today.”