FC Goa’s Spanish contingent land in India ahead of hectic Hero ISL season
Ahead of the 2020-21 Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) season, FC Goa’s Spanish contingent have arrived in India as the club prepare for a hectic campaign. Head Coach Juan Ferrando was accompanied by strength and conditioning coach Javier Gonzalez and five players – Edu Bedia, Igor Angulo, Jorge Ortiz, Ivan Gonzalez and Alberto Noguera.
After a 14-day quarantine period, the players and the coaching staff will link up with the Indian contingent who have begun their training under assistant coach Clifford Miranda. Head coach Ferrando shared his excitement at finally being able to meet his players nearly 6 months after his appointment.
“I’m very excited and happy because we are here now. All these days, I have had to interact with the coaching and medical staff on video calls. I am now eager to meet them along with the players face to face,” said the new FC Goa head coach.
With FC Goa participating in the AFC Champions League as well, the upcoming campaign will prove to be hectic for the Gaurs. However, the 39-year-old head coach is looking to make the best out of the season ahead. “Instead of looking back and looking at the challenges, I would rather look forward to the season ahead of us. We have to factor everything in and make the best out of it,” he shared.
Hero ISL 2020-21 will be held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping this is mind, Ferrando hopes to have a successful season for the fans who will cheer the club on from home. “It will be a task, no doubt, but this year, we have to do it for our fans and supporters. They won’t be able to be with us in the stands, but we know about the passion that they carry in their hearts. And this is a season, we will look to fight all adversities and dedicate it to them,” the Spaniard concluded.