ISL 2017: Albert Roca pleased by Bengaluru FC's balance between attack and defence

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The Spanish manager was satisfied with a victory on Bengaluru FC's ISL bow against Mumbai City FC on Sunday...

Sunday saw two-time I-League champions Bengaluru FC play their first ever Indian Super League (ISL) match when they hosted Mumbai CIty FC at the Sree Kanteerava stadium in Bengaluru. It turned out to be a night to remember for the fans of the JSW Steel-owned outfit as they strolled to a 2-0 win. 

Interacting with the press after the victory, head coach Albert Roca expressed his satisfaction at starting the tournament with a win and downplayed the fact that they did not score more goals despite dominating the game. 

"I am just happy to win, believe me," he asserted. "Big teams also fail to score sometimes. Real Madrid right now is also having problems to score.

"They had good defenders. Yes, it is just a question of creating more chances and taking advantage of that. Today was good but we have to work on this. We have good strikers, but what we want is a balance between defence and attack. We did that well today and because of that we won."

The atmosphere at the stadium was electric with fans turning up in droves to witness their ISL and Roca duly acknowledged the support, terming the relationship between the club and the fans as 'close'. 

"It is very important for a club. It is great for a city to see that so many fans are coming today to support us. The first victory was important for them to come again. I think the relationship between supporters and our team is getting more and more close. Just hope that it will get better in the future," he stated. 

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Bengaluru FC have been playing with four foreigners and seven Indians in their AFC Cup games recently but were allowed to add one more overseas player for the ISL games. Roca seemed pleased by the addition of an extra foreigner in their starting XI. 

"I think I am quite happy with the inclusion of one more foreigner to my team. I am happy with their performance. In the training sessions also, they proved that they are ready. Everyone one of them wants to play. We have a lot of games in hand as we also participate in the AFC Cup. I would like to give them more minutes and build up a rhythm."

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The manager also had words of appreciation for Rahul Bheke, who was deployed as a left-back which was an unfamiliar role, and striker Miku. 

"Rahul (Bheke) has proved that he can play anywhere in defence, be it right or left as a full back. So we took advantage of a different possibility. We know Subashish (Bose) also can play there. But he (Rahul) did a good job there today. We have a big squad. Some played today and we won and with the others we hope it will be the same," he shared. 

"Miku is an outstanding player. He played a long time in the Spanish league, so we expect him to make the kind of performance he put in today. He was not scoring but you could see that around him all the other players tend to perform better. He will be an important player for us in the upcoming games," Roca signed off. 

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