Bengaluru FC head coach Gerard Zaragoza is optimistic about bringing smiles to supporters’ faces as his team prepare to take on Chennaiyin FC in Matchweek 14 of the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

The Blues are currently placed in the 11th spot with 11 points in 13 matches. They will be aiming to bounce back against Chennaiyin FC, having lost to them by a 2-0 scoreline in the reverse fixture in December. 

Bengaluru FC are coming off a defeat to Punjab FC in the previous match, which they lost 3-1 after taking the initial lead through Sunil Chhetri. However, Zaragoza does not want to dwell on their last defeat against Punjab FC; instead, he wants his players to focus on the upcoming match and work hard to change the momentum.

“Of course, you need to change the mood after the loss. When we lost the game, for which we had travelled to Delhi, we played at 5:30 pm, so everything went fast, and then we came home and the players were tired. We knew we had a game in three days. We need to work with them to change this mood. We forget the last game,” he stated in the pre-match press conference.

“We always look to work. Chennaiyin FC are coming, and they are in this battle for the sixth position, and I can say that we are hungry; all of us want to fight till the last moment,” he added.

Zaragoza believes that his players are moving in the right direction. He expresses his pleasure in having a pool of young, talented players in their club and firmly believes that a significant transition will be evident within a couple of months.

“We are going to work hard. We are on the right wave. We have a lot of young, talented players who are knocking at the door, and I am sure that we will see a nice change in a few weeks or months,” he said.

The Spaniard wants to take one match at a time, expressing hope that his team will bring happiness to their numerous supporters.

“We are going day-by-day, match-by-match; this is a process. The only thing we want to do is bring joy to our supporters,” he said.

“They are too important for us. They are the fire in our veins. When we are in the changing room and we go outside and listen to them, it’s amazing. The players know that not just the players, but even when the other clubs come to the Kanteerava, they know the importance of our supporters. They pay a ticket to come to us, and when they go home, they need to say, ‘We enjoyed today’. This is the most important thing,” Zaragoza signed off.

I just can't wait to get started: Oliver Drost

Oliver Drost, who joined the Blues during the winter transfer window, accompanied his head coach ahead of the next home game. The forward is yet to make his debut with Bengaluru FC; however, he is very excited to start his journey with the team.

"It's been a nice experience coming here. Now I have a couple of sessions with the boys, and it’s a great group," he stated.

"For me, I have not been part of the season so far. So for me, the season starts now. I think it's a really good experience. The club is nice. Everyone is great here. And the way that the coach wants to play suits me a lot. So, I just can't wait to get started," Drost concluded.