Ahead of their seventh Indian Super League (ISL) campaign, JSW Group-owned Bengaluru FC were the only team who did not begin their pre-season in Goa. Instead, they chose to start in Bellary with their domestic players before making the journey to the centralised venue for the 2020-21 season.
Now the team has finished the mandatory quarantine in Goa and is back on the field. Having failed to make it to the finals last season for the first time since making their ISL debut in 2017, Bengaluru FC are eager to give a good account of themselves this season. Here’s everything you need to know about the Blues —
While Bengaluru FC retained most of last season’s players, they have brought in some interesting acquisitions and the squad looks pretty well balanced. Here’s the full squad:
Goalkeepers: Dipesh Chauhan, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Lara Sharma
Defenders: Ajith Kumar, Biswa Darjee, Francisco Gonzalez, Joe Zoherliana, Juanan, Namgyal Bhutia, Parag Srivas, Pratik Chaudhari, Rahul Bheke, Wungngayam Muirang
Midfielders: Ajay Chhetri, Amay Morajkar, Cleiton Silva, Dimas Delgado, Emanuel Lalchhanchhuha, Erik Paartulu, Harmanjot Khabra, Suresh Wangjam, Thoi Singh
Forwards: Deshorn Brown, Edmund Lalrindika, Kristian Ospeth, Leon Augustin, Ashique Kuruniyan, Naorem Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Semboi Haokip, Udanta Singh
The Blues’ kickoff their ISL campaign against last season’s table toppers FC Goa on November 22nd.
Here’s how their schedule looks for the first 10 fixtures:
FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC - Fatorda Stadium - Nov 22
Bengaluru FC vs Hyderabad FC - Fatorda Stadium - Nov 28
Chennaiyin FC vs Bengaluru FC - GMC Stadium - Dec 4
Bengaluru FC vs NorthEast United - Fatorda Stadium - Dec 8
Bengaluru FC vs Kerala Blasters FC - Fatorda Stadium - Dec 13
Odisha FC vs Bengaluru FC - GMC Stadium - Dec 17
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Bengaluru FC - Fatorda Stadium - Dec 21
Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur FC - Fatorda Stadium - Dec 28
Bengaluru FC vs Mumbai City FC - Fatorda Stadium - Jan 5
Bengaluru FC vs SC East Bengal - Fatorda Stadium - Jan 9
Carles Cuadrat: The calendar sees us face four teams that have started a new project with a completely different core of players and news coaches, in the first four rounds. This means it will be very difficult to know what to expect from them.
It is clear that FC Goa, Hyderabad FC, Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United have made an effort to add strong foreigners to their squad, so I am sure they are going to be tough opponents. But tactically speaking, we will have to wait until we see them perform in the first rounds of the competition. What is sure is that we have an exciting season ahead for all of us.