Vastavam web: Bengaluru FC failed in their bid to reach the AFC Cup final for the second consecutive year but head coach Albert Roca is optimistic that his side can only get better in the season and can win the Indian Super League which begins next month.”There is less than a month to go for ISL. It is going to test our efforts in that and as much as we work hard, we can take the trophy from there,” Roca said after his team lost to Tajikistan side FC Istiklol 2-3 on aggregate in the two-legged Inter-Zone final.”What I see is that the team does not give up no matter what, so I am optimistic that it will only get better from here on for this team,” he said.
“In terms of football, we have a long road and we will have few changes as the season begins,” he added.Roca said he wants his team to forget yesterday’s loss to Istiklol and focus on the future and be positive.”And once it began I saw Udanta (Singh) was on the go, he was all over the place from one end to the other that pushed me to do the same,” he added.
Roca said it became difficult for the team to continue for rest of the match with ten men. He said he would not entirely blame Khabra, but in crucial matches players need to be cautious.”The second yellow cost us a lot but it did not cost the opponents much who committed similar action and it’s unbelievable. But these are things we have to live with and yes we had to pay for our actions,” he said.”I think there was too much that they had to go through.The actions taken by them are so important that and it can break anything in a game,” he said.