“Changing the mentality is crucial,” emphasizes BFC head coach Zaragoza.

Bengaluru FC, the 2018-19 Indian Super League champion, is hoping for a fresh start in their upcoming match against Jamshedpur FC. Currently placed ninth in the league with only one win from ten matches, Bengaluru FC is in desperate need of a turnaround. With new coach Gerard Zaragoza taking over from Simon Grayson, the team is looking for him to bring some of the success he experienced as an assistant during the title-winning season. Zaragoza aims to change the team’s mentality and help the players recover both on and off the field. The team will have two matches under Zaragoza’s guidance before the Asian Cup break next month. The visitors, Jamshedpur FC, are also struggling, currently in tenth position with six points from nine games. Both teams will be eager for a victory in the upcoming match.

At the helm: Zaragoza will have its task cut out when Bengaluru FC faces Jamshedpur FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday.

Zaragoza faces a challenging task when Bengaluru FC meets Jamshedpur FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Saturday.
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Bengaluru FC is hoping for a fresh start in Saturday’s Indian Super League match against Jamshedpur FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.

The reigning champion of the 2018-19 ISL finds itself in a difficult position, currently in ninth place with only one win from 10 matches and seven points. With Gerard Zaragoza taking over as coach from Simon Grayson, Bengaluru FC fans are eager to see the positive impact the Catalan coach can bring, given his successful assistantship to Carles Cuadrat during the title-winning season.

“We need a change in mentality,” said Zaragoza, who has two matches to work his magic before the players take a break for the Asian Cup next month. “But first, I need to help them recover not only as football players but also as individuals. They need to believe in themselves.

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“During our championship season, we excelled in possession, counter-attacks, and set-pieces. As a Catalan, I prefer an offensive style, but there needs to be balance in everything. Right now, the team needs to be organized, both in defense and attack.”

Jamshedpur FC, currently in 10th place with six points from nine games, is facing a similar predicament. Scott Cooper’s team is equally determined to turn their fortunes around.

“I’m not worried because we have created opportunities and have not allowed other teams to dominate us,” said Cooper. “Bengaluru FC has undergone many changes. The only thing we could plan for was individual players. We anticipate a good match.”

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