Bengaluru FC won 4-2 in the derby match with Kerala Blasters FC in the game played at the Fatorda Stadium.
The game started with Blasters setting up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and BFC in a 4-3-3 formation. Again, Kibu got his tactics spot on. Kibu did know Ashique was key to BFC’s attack and played both Rahul and Prashanth on right-wing to counter his pace. And it worked a treat in the first half. Also, Kibu realized that BFC’s main weapon is their weakness also. There is an opportunity to counter BFC from set-pieces as they commit a lot of their players forward for set pieces. The first goal came from a counter-attack, and KBFC should have scored more on the counter.
You are never going to win a game if your defensive organization is a mess. And you gift the game to opposition by individual mistakes. The defense needs to do better. We missed Costa for this game. It showed how much of an organizer he is. Two of the goals BFC scored came from individual mistakes and a player playing out of his position. Who clearly didn’t have any support from his CB pairing. The defensive organization should be fixed and am sure the coaching staff is looking into that.
This game showed more promise than the FC Goa defeat because it seems we have figured out an attacking system that works for our forwards. Hooper seems very comfortable playing as the second striker with Murray using his pace as striker. Rahul is brilliant at right-wing. Facundo played well as a left-winger also. We should try to keep this for the future game, build on this, get the defense sorted. The team must get the balance right.
In a football game the balance matters. So, from a creative standpoint, we are onto something. Now the coaching staff must get the balance right with defense and attack. Playing the right Indian CB alongside Costa might work. As pairing Hooper and Murray worked well. No one can deny the start is disappointing but if you analyze the performance rather than the results there is definite progress. Just need to cut the individual mistakes.