INDIAN FOOTBALL

Simon Grayson speaks with the press ahead of the match

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The final hurdle for Simon Grayson is a wounded FC Goa club, whose playoff hopes are no longer in their hands. The Blues mentor spoke about his ideas and encounters during his first stint in India. After advancing to the playoffs, Bengaluru FC‘s next objective would be to place among the top four to qualify for the house qualifier match.

Bengaluru FC extends their undefeated streak to seven matches by defeating Shield champions Mumbai City FC. Goa, previously considered favorites to make the playoffs, have indeed been wrecked by three successive losses.


Aleksandar Jovanovic joined Simon Grayson at the pre-match press conference.


A chance to change the lineup BFC has mainly stuck with the same team since embarking on an unbeaten. A playoff series tie is highly on Simon Grayson’s ranking, however, the coach has a few players who are one booking away from suspension.

“I’m in a delicate position because I’ve got some players at risk of suspension. The most important thing is that whatever team goes out tries to win the game. We want to keep the momentum. The more players in form, the better it is for the team. Whatever team I put out, it will be in the best interests of the football club”,

said, Simon Grayson.

Team updates and battle for starting positions

Due to bans, Bengaluru FC were missing Parag Shrivas and Roy Krishna versus Mumbai City, but Sunil Chhetri and Jovanovic were impressed.

Simon Grayson is satisfied with the vetting process and provided an update on Alan Costa, saying,

“I’d rather have to make these tough decisions, than not. Alan has had to travel back home to be with his wife, who’s had some complications with the birth of their child. He won’t be back for tomorrow, but the most important thing right now is that they are safe and healthy as a family, and we wish him the best.”

current perception of Indian football

Simon Grayson talked about Indian football, his views on the tournament, and the I-League.

“What I’ve found about India is that the quality is really good. There have been times where the games have been very close. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s been a learning curve for me. I’ve had about 750 games under my belt, but I’m still learning. It has been a great experience to travel, sampling the cities, the fanbases.

“I’ve watched little bits of the I-League. We’ve got some people watching other Leagues for recruitment and scouting. There are teams there that are desperate to get into the ISL and it’s been exciting”,

he continued.

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