ISL 2022-23: According to Simon Grayson, head coach of Bengaluru FC, the players put in a lot of effort during that time. Grayson also believes that the one-week break in between games came at the appropriate time. At the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, the Blues and East Bengal FC will compete against one another in the sixth matchweek of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL).
Grayson proceeded by stating that despite the animosity that existed between the two teams, the players still needed to compete to their full potential in order to come out on top.
The Englishman admonished his players to improve their play in the final third of the field and to provide the attackers with the appropriate deliveries in order for them to score goals and get the necessary results while simultaneously learning more about his team, the league, the system, and the environment.
The head coach of the Blues took part in the official pre-match press conference that was held before their game against East Bengal FC. During this conference, he addressed a wide range of issues, including how to address the issues that have been plaguing the team, the fact that this was their second home game after a long break, and a great deal more.
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Before this game, I had the previous week off. How was the process of training, relaxing, and recovering from the competition for the team? Before we played Odisha, we had a lot of people out with injuries, so I believe that game ended up being incredibly beneficial for us. If we were going to take a break between the previous game and this game, this would have been the time that would have benefited us the most.
By Friday, we should have a significant increase in the number of players available in key positions all over the field. Because of this, we have been able to put a significant amount of high-quality work into the players’ on-field training over the past week or two.
This gathering will feature some healthy competition between the two parties. A very considerable amount of time has passed since East Bengal FC’s previous trip to Bengaluru. Have you had the chance to talk to other members of the team and hear their perspectives on what the game means to them?
Not in that sense, no. In my opinion, whether it’s a game against a rival or a game in a local derby, it’s crucial to give your best effort to win each and every game you compete in. Certain players will be acquainted with the players, whether they were teammates or opponents of the players in the past.
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I’m still learning about the players and the Hero ISL as a whole, including the criteria for playing in terms of standards, systems, surroundings, and other elements. I’ve said this multiple times, but it bears repeating: I’m still learning about these things. Our preseason was fantastic, and despite the severe heat in Kolkata, we played a 3-5-2 formation.
In the game against Odisha, we changed our formation to a back four and employed a new style, in which players moved up the field while receiving more supply and balls. As a result of this, I am gaining more knowledge about it. It is to our advantage to have a larger pool of players to choose from, but I cannot say with absolute certainty that over the next few weeks and months we will modify and adjust the system.
The numbers tell the story: we have players on our squad who are capable of not just scoring goals but also racking up a large number of assists. As a result, that is not a problem in and of itself; however, we need to improve at the top of the pitch and supply them with more.
Even if Ronaldo or Messi are playing for our team, if we don’t get the ball to them in the right areas and with the right pass, cross, or delivery, they won’t get the help and support they require to be successful. As a result, it is abundantly clear that we need to work on that as well, and we have dedicated a significant amount of effort to working on it.