Bengaluru FC after being on a bad run of from did look to bounce back with a much needed 3 points against FC Goa on Friday. Goa on the other hand looked to continue their good run of form and have a 8 point difference between them and the mighty Blues. Blues didn’t let that happen as they won the game 2-1 to reduce the gap of points from the table toppers. Here are the major takeaways from the game.
1) Solid Attacking from Goa :
Goa being well known for their attacking football, didn’t do anything different against the Blues. They played attacking football right from the first blow of the whistle and created numerous chances in the first half and should have gone into half time with the lead. They had adequate space in the midfield to find their passes but They couldn’t covert their chances, which helped Bengaluru FC to have the final smile in the game. Bengaluru FC made their chances count. That’s the key thing in football, you have to convert the chances when it comes or else you might end up losing the game even after dominating the game.
2) Udanata’s performance :
Not the first time in the season, Udanta’s performance wasn’t upto the standards expected from Carles Caudrat. He made an early departure from the pitch as he was subbed off at half time for the Spaniard Manuel Ownu. Udanta misplaced a lot of passes and couldn’t dribble past players. He would hope to get into better form in the upcoming games.
3) Manuel Ownu a bad signing?
Bengaluru FC signed Manuel Ownu this season. He is yet to get his first goal for the club. He came on in the second half in place Udanta but couldn’t make up for the misses made by Udanta. Haokip later on was brought in, hoping that he would deliver and he did. He set Chhetri through to seal the game for the blues. But if BFC are aiming to achieve something great this season then Ownu needs to fire sooner than later.
4) Chhetri the savior again :
They call him ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ and justifiably so. He saves his club and county time after time. He says he can’t play many more international games but the country will miss him when he does retire from the sport. He’s been a joy to watch not just for the Indians but globally. His brace helped Bengaluru FC grab the crucial 3 points, something which has pretty much become a routine in ISL in recent seasons.
5) Goa couldn’t capitalize on their chances :
After so much of attacking all throughout the game, they just couldn’t get past the big man, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. The Gaurs did immediately strike back after Bengaluru FC scored but when a team has someone like Chhetri, the game isn’t done until it’s done. Bengaluru FC struck back with their captain in the closing stages of the game and Goa did not have enough time left to bounce back from that.