Mauro Boerchio has revealed that he had observed Bengaluru FC’s lethality from set-pieces and practised 100 corners, free-kicks and throw-ins from outside the box. Goalkeeping coach VP Sathish Kumar has stated that foreign goal-keepers hap calm the Indian defenders under pressure conditions.
Chennai City produced the biggest upset of the AIFF Super Cup this season when they beat ISL champions Bengaluru FC 2-1 in Bhuvaneshwar to progress to the semi-final. And while it was Pedro Manzi and Nestor whose goals brought an end of the defending champions’ run in the knockout tournament, one couldn’t discount
Apart from the string of brilliant diving saves and controlled collections from set-pieces throughout the ninety minutes, the Italian won the match for his side by saving Sunil Chhetri’s penalty early in the second half. After the historic feat, the custodian revealed in a TOI interview that he had practised hundreds of set-pieces to be that good.
"Ahead of the game, we studied every Bengaluru player and we understood that they are quite lethal when it comes to set-pieces. My performance was the result of practising 100 corners, 100 free-kicks from outside the box and an equal number of throw-ins. As for saving the Chhetri penalty, I waited till the last moment before committing myself. When I jumped, I was sure about where he was going to shoot,"
While the influx of foreign players has been a norm in Indian leagues for long now, Chennai City FC
The result is in front of everyone now and CCFC goalkeeping coach Kumar has been of the opinion that
"The defenders are more relaxed when you have a foreign goalkeeper. They know that with the foreign goalkeepers' understanding of the game, they will be safe. The foreigners are more technically sound. So for them, it's only about adjusting to the team.
"At CCFC, we build attacks from the back. So in our team, the goalkeeper is not only our last defender but he is also the first one to start an attack. That means we wanted 'keepers who will not only be fit and agile but also good with their feet.
"You rarely find both these qualities together in Indian goalkeepers. Initially,
A crucial moment of the match came very early on when Harmanjot Khabra was seen going into
“Had there been an Indian goalkeeper, he would surely have been injured. But
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