FC Goa head coach, Juan Ferrando has revealed that there is lot of "responsibility" on his and the management's head as he prepares to lead the club in their maiden AFC Champions League campaign against Al Rayyan SC on Wednesday.
The Gaurs became the first Indian team to book their berth in the group stage of the AFC Champions League after clinching the 2019-20 Hero Indian Super League’s Winners Shield, and Ferrando admits that all of the games are important for them.
“It’s a lot of responsibility. It’s my first time in Asia, in India, and at this club. After six months, I know the players and the club but it’s a big responsibility because this is not a local competition but an international one. It will be like a presentation of Indian football to the world. All the players have to be focused to work as a team, to be ready for 90 minutes. The most important thing is to take everything day by day. It’s not just about the first or the second game; there are six games which are very important for us," he said as quoted by ISL's official website.
The Gaurs are scheduled to face the likes of Qatari outfit Al Rayyan SC, United Arab Emirates’ Al Wahda as well as Iran’s most successful team Persepolis FC twice each in Group E (West Region), with the Spaniard confirming that this is an opportunity for his side to learn and get some great experience, especially when it comes to facing top Asian teams.
It will be interesting to see whether Goa step up on the continental stage, especially since it will be their maiden campaign in the competition.