As the Indian Super League Progresses, all teams will look to get more wins under their belt in order to stay in contention for the semi-finals. After a month of endless action, we have Atletico de Kolkata on top of the table with 12 points from 7 games while FC Goa are placed eighth with 5 points from 7 games. Let us observe a few talking points regarding their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats:
The Scorecard For Goa:
Currently placed at the bottom of the table, FC Goa couldn’t get going after the 2-1 win against Delhi Dynamos. They lost 1-0 in an away game against Kerala Blasters and drew 0-0 against Mumbai City FC at home. So far, FC Goa have scored 5 goals and conceded 9. A goal difference of -4 makes their task even tougher as they now have a mountain to climb.
Goa has a healthy mix of youth and experience in their squad. Ex-Gunner Robert Pires and Australian forward Tolgay Ozbey spearhead the attack. They are well supported by Sheikh Jewel Raja and Dos Santos. The French defensive duo of Gregory Arnolin and Younnes Bengelloun along with young Indian defenders Narayan Das and Debabrata Roy guard the goal post.
In spite of having a pretty strong squad, FC Goa are still at the bottom of the league table after 5 matches. One main reason would be the midfielders. The Indian midfielders Mandar Rao Desai and Clifford Miranda haven’t been upto the mark when it comes to controlling the game. Goa loses most of its ball possession in the midfield and coach Zico should try playing with a midfield-intensive formation in their next match against the Kerala Blasters.
Like Northeast united, Goa also has a huge fan base. The beautiful game fascinates one and all in the state of Goa. One must not forget that this state has given the country some wonderful players who have represented India at the international stage. Goa has won six of the seven I-League titles on offer since 2007 and the ISL presents a chance for FC Goa to continue with the state’s rich achievements on the football field.
FC Goa clearly looked the weaker side when they faced the likes of Kolkata and Chennai. Both these teams handed FC Goa a 2-1 defeat. Goa should work on their passing and finishing if they want to get the better of the other top teams. The win against Delhi hasn’t done any good for Zico’s boys. A strong performance needs to be put up by the Goans in order to stay in contention for the semi-finals.
FC Goa Recent Form: D L W L L D L