Coach Kibu Vicuña and defender Nishu Kumar addressed the media ahead of today’s clash against Bengaluru FC. BFC will host Blasters for our fifth match this season at the Fatorda Stadium. They shared the objectives of the game and much more.
Blasters lost the last match in a 3-1 scoreline to FC Goa. When asked about the previous match, Kibu said”We were upset, disappointed, and not happy with our performance, especially in the middle of the game. But my message is that I believe in the team, I have full confidence in the players and what we are doing. We have to keep working harder and better to improve our results.”
Apart from a disappointing result, Blasters also had a suspension in the name of Costa. Speaking about who would replace him, he said”We have different possibilities. We can play with Sandeep Singh, Lalruathara, and many more. You will see it tomorrow.”
Kibu also addressed the question about our striking department and the possibility of playing with two strikers. “it is one of the possibilities we have, to play with one and two strikers and we are thinking about the best option, accordingly we will play. It also depends on the match, the players available, and our strategy.”
He also shared his optimistic thoughts on the team, “We are trying to improve all the aspects of the game. We have to improve defensively in the transitions in the offensive part, the last step. We are working on it and we are hoping that in the next game everything is going to be better.”
Bengaluru FC is also not in their usual form this season, speaking about BFC, Kibu said “I think they have a very good team, very good Indian players, most of them are internationals, very good foreigners and good coaching staff. They are working well and they are a team in the process to be better, the same as us. For us, it’s going to be a big challenge but we are pretty happy to play this match. We are improving and are in the process to be a better team.
Kibu on his challenge as KBFC head coach, “I know that we have a tough challenge. This team didn’t qualify in the last seasons. We are trying to create a good team and we are in the process. I’m sure that this team will perform well, it’s a question of time. I have confidence in the players and the team”
Kibu was asked about the league in India and those where he previously plied his trade with. He said “The league in India is getting stronger every year with better organization, players and coaching staffs. It’s a very good league; it’s difficult to compare the league with one European League. Polish football is more physical and has a different style. Most of the teams are defensively strong and they counter-attack. It’s the culture of Polish football. On the other hand in Spain, it’s completely different, we have more possibilities in tactical terms. For example, Athletico Madrid has a more defensive style, now in this season, they are playing fantastic football. There are teams like Barcelona with a very clear style and the idea of the game. The teams from North Spain are more physical and that of Southern Spain are more tactical and technical. ISL is a very good league at a good level. Every day we can see good games and teams have different playing styles.
Nishu opened up about his journey “It’s been an amazing journey for me from Chandigarh Football Academy, then to AIFF regional academy, U19 team. I never imagined that I will get such an opportunity. I thank AIFF for giving this opportunity to me and other players.”
Nishu will be playing against his former team, on being asked about facing BFC, he said “It was my first professional club and I have great memories with them. But now I’m with Kerala Blasters, so I’m looking forward to this match. They are a good team and we are preparing for it and this is an important match for us.
Nishu has experienced the heated rivalry between the two clubs in the past. Banters, chants, and loud fans were the highlights. On being asked about the match without fans, he said
“Without fans, the atmosphere will not be like that of the previous ones. We will miss the fans a lot, but it’s the southern derby and we have to win this game. ”
Nishu shared his thoughts on signing for KBFC. “Kerala Blasters is a very big club and to play for them is an honor for me. It was a tough decision, I took it, and I’m happy here.
I’m also feeling very good with the team adapting new strategies, and it is perfect for me. We are just preparing for the next games. We need points now and we are working for that.”Nishu also added that the one-week break after the FC Goa game gave enough time to work on the mistakes of the last game. On being asked about scoring a goal and celebrating, he said “Of course, now I’m a Kerala Blasters player and I will celebrate.”
Coach Kibu ensured that the fans can expect a team, which will fight till the end. He added
“They can expect a team who are going to fight for the three points. They will give everything on the pitch and will play good football, to create chances, to defend well, and to try getting a good result.”