AFC Champions League club Al Rayyan's coach, French legend Laurent Blanc has praised the way in which the group stage of this season's tournament was organised in India.
Apart from FC Goa's impressive run in the tournament, another thing that particularly impressed was the safe way in which the entire group stage was organised, especially considering the worst second wave of COVID-19 affecting India.
Blanc especially was impressed with the way everything was organised as he told ISL's official website, "I saw the organisation [of Group E], and it was very good. I know it’s not easy to organise tournaments like these [during such times], so thank you so very much."
He added, "The conditions, especially the pitch was really good, despite there being many games on this pitch. Thank you very much for the welcome. It was very kind. And maybe we will see you again next year."
Persepolis FC coach Yahya Golmohammadi also praised the organisers as he said, "I thank the Federation for organising these matches and everyone from all statures, who helped in the hospitality. Everyone did their best."
He concluded with a positive note on India as he said, "I am more than happy that we have gained some fans in India. I assure you, this shows how good the relationship between the two countries is. It’s very amicable and friendly. We have a lot in common in the cultural aspect, and football helps develop that relationship, friendship, and peace to bring the two countries closer together."