Former Indian captain Bruno Coutinho has said that FC Goa, making their debut in the AFC Champions League football tournament, needs to get off with a ‘win mentality’ and a ‘cautious’ attitude. The group stage of this league is being held in India for the first time.
Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Goa will become the first club in the country to play in this continent club competition. The team will take on Qatar’s club Al-Rayan on 14 April. FC Goa is placed in Group E along with Al-Rayan, Persepolis and Al-Wahda.
In a press release issued by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Bruno said, “The clubs that are coming here are already playing at the top level. They are not participating in this competition for the first time.”
“They have very good players and it is not easy to play against teams from West Asian countries,” he said. “On the contrary, we are making a debut. So we need to be cautious.”
“There is no reason to fear. You have to come up with the winning mindset that matters most,” Arjuna Award winner added.
Bruno Coutinho said to FC Goa, “This is the biggest opportunity for Indian fans and Indian football fans that the AFC Champions League is being held in Goa. It is an honor for me as a sportsperson and a citizen of Goa.”
Juan Ferrando coach of FC Goa is ready for his debut in the AFC (Confederation of Asian Football) Champions League group stage. Ahead of the match, he said playing against big names in Asia is like a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for many players.
“It is one of the biggest competitions in the world, like the Uefa Champions League and the Copa Libertadores,” Juan said.
Iran’s Persepolis will face UAE’s Al-Wahda in Group E’s first match. After this, hosts FC Goa will take on Qatar’s team Al-Rayan.
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