CM – AFC Champions League 2021: FC Goa has to set up new legs in the second game against Persepolis-Sports News, Firstpost


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Playing three games in a week has caused some players to get tired and Goa FC head coach Juan Ferrando said some new legs will start on Friday.

Brandon Fernandes during a training session.

Margao: Debutants FC Goa will have another chance to make an impression against the fantasized Persepolis FC when they face the Iranian team in the second leg of Group E of the AFC Champions League on Friday.

After a 0 : 0 draw against Al Rayyan from Qatar and Al Wahda from the United Arab Emirates, FC Goa lost 2-1 to Persepolis on Tuesday, and the two teams will face each other again in three days.

Captain Edu Bedia brought the FC Goa surprisingly took the lead in the 14th minute before Persepolis responded with two goals (18th and 24th) shortly afterwards, dominated by the Iranian team, which finished second last season.

The playing of three games in a week left some players feeling tired and Goa FC head coach Juan Ferrando said some new legs will start on Friday.

Bedia, the first goal for an Indian team in the prestigious en top league will likely miss Friday’s game.

« It can be difficult for all teams to play six games in 20 days, but it wasn’t that big of a problem for us. We have to prepare properly after every matchday so that we can play in the best possible conditions, « Ferrando said before the game.

 » We know the next game will be difficult, but this is the AFC Champions League and the Expectations are great. I’m happy with the players and their performance, although there are some areas that we need to improve. « 

Ferrando spoke of the fitness problems his side is facing: » Edu Bedia is a big doubt tomorrow. He suffered a blow from the (previous) game. It’s not serious, but we’ll find out soon. The physiotherapist and therapist are working. It is difficult to take care of him again to keep him fit.

« We’re going to review tactics against Persepolis tomorrow. We’re going into the game hoping to do better than in our previous game. As head coach, it’s my job to bring the best line-up forward. « 

However, Persepolis will be confident of winning for the fourth time in a row as the Iranian Pro League champions have seen the whole package so far Has.
They started their season with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Al Wahda and showed their fighting spirit when they beat Al Rayyan 3-1 before taking on Goa FC.

« The results we have so far are due to the confidence and focus of the players. Many may think that these points were achieved because we are in an easy group, but that is not really the case. Our group is one of the most difficult « , said Golmohammadi.

« Before our game against Goa everyone thought they were a weak team. But they are not. They have shown good quality and play very well, coherently, with high intensity and with heart.

« We will try to focus on defending free kicks so that it is not seen as a weakness for Persepolis. The two goals we conceded from set pieces were rare and the fact that they came twice could be cause for concern. We have to address this problem. « 

A win against FC Goa brings Persepolis closer to a round of 16. The top team from each of the five groups and the top three runners-up make it to the round of 16.

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For FC Goa this was the second such result in as many games. The Goan team drew goalless in their first Group E game against Qatar’s Al Rayyan on Wednesday.

Goa FC will open its campaign in the continental club competition on April 14th against Qatar’s Al-Rayyan.

Next up for Goa is Persepolis from Iran, the runner-up in the previous edition of the AFC Champions League.

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