The SAFF Championship starts next week and Oscar Bruzon has been with the national team for just a week now. One of the most successful coaches of the Bangladesh Premier League in recent times is currently the interim national coach. Despite the circumstances surrounding the tournament, Oscar believes that his team will give a good performance.
The Bangladesh National Team replaced their head coach Jamie Day after a dismal run of games. Seven games without a win handed him the pink slip with the SAFF tournament right at the team face. In his tenure of 30 games, the Bangla Tigers lost 15 games. They managed to win only 10 games giving little reason for the Bangladesh Football Federation to keep him.
Oscar on the other hand has a proven track record of getting wins. He has been the Head Coach of Bashundhara Kings for 3 seasons and in his time has led them to 5 trophies. In the 68 games played, the Kings have lost only 5 games. Apart from this, he prefers a progressive attack in comparison to Day’s rather defensive set-up. He has worked as the assistant manager at Mumbai City FC and RCD Mallorca.
Can Oscar Bruzon transform Bangladesh with the time he has?
The SAFF Championship in 2003 was the last time Bangladesh won the tournament. The closest they have come after that was in 2005 when they finished runner-up to India. Oscar will walk into the tournament without even playing a friendly. However, he is confident that he can inject his philosophy with the limited time he has at hand.
He is realistic about his vision and does not plan to keep a fixed objective before the tournament. Facing every game with the intent to win will be what Bangladesh would be out for. He has also stated that India are favourites to win the trophy considering their FIFA Ranking that are well above the remaining.
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