Bengaluru FC looks to put heartbreak behind


Bangalore Football Club will look to leave two seasons of disappointment behind as it kicks off its 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) campaign. Against NorthEast United FC at Bambolim in Goa on Saturday.

Last season was particularly difficult, with the club finishing seventh playing boring and one-dimensional football. Unsurprisingly, new head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli has made it his goal to “play the best football.”

The composition has changed significantly. Four top-notch players, defenders Rahul Beke and Juanan, as well as midfielders Dimas Delgado and Erik Paartalu, moved on. The lineup of foreigners, with the exception of Clayton Silva, is brand new.

Thus, the party will again revolve around Sunil Chkhetri. The 37-year-old striker is still in good shape, but will need a lot more support from his attackers than last year.

Udanta Singh, who once had great accomplishments, has reached a plateau and will be closely watched.

It’s the same with the role of Congolese striker Prince Ibara, as BFC hopes to regain its once ferocious firepower.

NEUFC, however, is not a trifle. Khalid Jamil’s team finished third last season and managed to keep their most creative player in the person of Federico Gallego.

Also assisting is Hernan Santana, who was one of the main defenders of the title-winning Mumbai City team last season.

But Lalengmavia Apuia’s absence will be felt when the midfielder moves to Mumbai following an outstanding 2021-22 campaign. Jameel vows to work hard. He will need all this and even more from his charges.


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