He left town and the membership after a triumphant season final 12 months. Even although many days have passed by, Fran Gonzalez’ coronary heart nonetheless beats for Kolkata and Mohun Bagan. The self-proclaimed Mariner that he’s, Gonzalez needed to proceed taking part in for his beloved membership, however future had different plans for him.
‘Refused’ and ‘betrayed’ as he feels typically at Gostha Pal Sarani, he lastly moved to Bengaluru. Now, on the eve of the ISL derby, he shared his ideas completely with the Indian Express. (Read in Bengali)
How has your life been since shifting to Bengaluru? Can we anticipate you to return to Kolkata if supplied in future?
This season is one that’s being carried out in unusual circumstances with the bio-bubble and empty stadiums and it isn’t simple for anybody concerned. But it’s all a part of the expertise. My swap to Bengaluru FC has been difficult but additionally fulfilling in so some ways. It would have been good to expertise town, its tradition, the followers that I’ve heard a lot about and to have the ability to play on the Kanteerava. But like I mentioned, it has been a wierd time and season owing to the pandemic and we’ve to take all of it in. I all the time love amassing experiences by means of soccer and this has been a particular one too.
About a return to Kolkata sooner or later, who is aware of? At this second, I’m dedicated to Bengaluru and to assist the membership end the season on the absolute best be aware. Once that’s performed, we’ll then see.
Do you miss Kolkata and it’s soccer? How is it completely different from the type at Bengaluru FC?
Definitely. I had a terrific 12 months with Mohun Bagan final season the place we received the championship. I solely have fond reminiscences of town, the membership, its followers and all of the love and respect they confirmed me. Style-wise, each the golf equipment have their very own strategy to the sport and as professionals, you need to adapt. Rather a lot is determined by the coach, the gamers round and the best way the membership needs to play.
What does Mohun Bagan imply to you? You have been a passionate Mariner and a darling to Mohun Bagan followers. Have you shrugged off the tags bestowed on you or are you keen to proceed to be a Mariner endlessly?
Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve solely fond reminiscences from my time at Mohun Bagan. The followers welcomed me and made my time on the membership and within the metropolis, particular. That season, every part we achieved and the love of the followers will all the time keep in my coronary heart.
ATK-MB to play East Bengal within the second derby quickly. Who do you assume can have the final giggle? Will you miss taking part in derby and provides us a quick in your favorite derby expertise out of your entire profession?
The derby was a particular expertise for me and I really feel it’s the presence of the followers that contributes a lot to it. The final derby I used to be a part of, we ended up successful 2-1 and that was a improbable day. This season, ATK Mohun Bagan appear to be flying excessive with so many constant performances. They are a powerful unit and possess high quality in each space on the pitch and that’s the explanation why they’re on prime of the desk. East Bengal, like us, are going by means of a troublesome season. However, they do have a number of high quality with their foreigners and if all of them flip up, it might be a really robust encounter.
ATK MB have been a dominant power this season. What has made them so robust?
As I discussed earlier, they’re a really compact and powerful unit. They possess gamers with particular person brilliance they usually mix nicely as a group. They have been churning out outcomes even whether it is late within the sport, and all these elements come collectively to place them on prime of the desk.
What’s your tackle coach Robbie Fowler?
I don’t even know him
What went flawed for Bengaluru FC this season? Once a successful group now stumbling on every match. How has the group modified because the departure of coach Carles Cuadrat?
It has been a troublesome season owing to so many components. But that is soccer and it’s certain to occur even to one of the best groups. As a group, we fell quick on many events. Then there have been accidents to so many key gamers all through that didn’t assist. However, on the time of doing this interview, we’re nonetheless inside a mathematical likelihood of constructing the play-off phases and we’ve been exhibiting some good character in the previous few video games. Carles Cuadrat has been on the membership for 5 years, and perhaps the administration felt the membership wanted a brand new, contemporary perspective. The circumstances have meant that the kids have needed to step up and I all the time take pleasure in attempting to assist them out, share my expertise with them, as a result of they’re the way forward for this membership. It’s been troublesome, however it has taught all of us a lot.
You had been supposed to affix Kerala Blasters reuniting with former coach Kibu Vicuna before ISL. What led you to affix Bengaluru as an alternative of Kerala?
As everybody is aware of I had one other season contract with Mohun Bagan and I couldn’t signal with one other membership till October. It was a really lengthy switch window for me and my household with a couple of choices to decide on. Anyway I’m glad to be right here with Bengaluru, I’ve realized quite a bit these few months, it made me even stronger.
How have you ever utilised lockdown final 12 months? What has been your pandemic expertise?
As an expert footballer, you’re all the time touring and also you don’t essentially do it together with your loved ones. So I made the a lot of the lockdown by spending sufficient time with my associate and my son. After a profitable final season, I felt I wanted a while off to loosen up and take my thoughts away from soccer for a bit and that’s precisely what I did. I’m continually attempting to be taught new issues, broaden my data on completely different topics and achieve new views. The lockdown helped accomplish that a lot of that. Of course, it has been such a troublesome time for the world and it additionally makes you’re feeling grateful for good well being and a cushty life.