FC Goa are in AFC Champions League on merit, believes Persepolis head coach


Debutants FC Goa should compete in the AFC Champions League, says Persepolis FC head coach Yahya Golmohammadi, who’s anticipating a tricky struggle in opposition to the Indian facet on Tuesday.

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

They occupied the second spot in the group desk.

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

“I saw both their matches, and they have been really working, and been running a lot. It’s (FC Goa’s position on the table) not only surprising for us, but also for everyone else in the ACL,” mentioned Golmohammadi on the eve of the match.

The Indian membership is just not solely technically sound however the gamers are mentally powerful as properly, in line with Golmohammadi,

“From the mental aspect, they are on a real high, and they have been doing well on the technical aspect as well. It is not by accident that they stopped two good teams. They did it on merit.”

“It will not be easy against them tomorrow. We need to concentrate hard because our rivals are very good at counter-attacking,” continued Golmohammadi.

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

“This (playing at this level) is like a dream come true for us. We are just taking it game by game. For us, it’s all about the Persepolis game right now. We are taking it game by game, and we are focused.”

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

Only three finest second-placed groups from the West Asian Groups — Groups A, B, C, D and E — will progress to the knockout stage.

However, Ferrando is just not considering that far forward about qualification simply but.

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

“We will try to get more points, but it’s about the mentality. The players need this experience (of playing at this level),” acknowledged Ferrando.

“It will not be easy, because Persepolis have a lot of experience already in the ACL. It is necessary in this case, that we work three times more than them. At the end, we need to maintain focus every second, tomorrow, or we may have big problems,” he mentioned.


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