Igor Angulo: Can’t use smaller pre-season as an excuse for preparation

posted in Contributors by Football Counter on 9th November 2020

posted in Contributors

by Football Counter

on 9th November 2020

Igor Angulo: Can’t use smaller pre-season as an excuse for preparation

FC Goa are entering the 2020/21 ISL season as the defending champions of the ISL League Winners’ Shield. The Gaurs would be looking forward to defending their title this season with a squad that is pretty young and somewhat new. After the departure of their former coach Sergio Lobera and numerous other players like Hugo Boumousa and Ahmed Jahouh to Mumbai City FC, the Gaurs performed well in the transfer market to strengthen their squad with new head coach Juan Ferrando being termed as the “perfect manager” for FC Goa and their style of play.

The Men in Orange lost a key striker in Coro, the man with two golden balls and a record tally in terms of goals in the ISL. To balance out the absence of Coro, the Gaurs roped in another Spanish striker, Igor Angulo. The 36-year-old striker comes to India with loads of experience in the various European leagues and will be looking forward to leaving a mark in the ISL.

When asked about life in India and playing with his new Indian teammates, Igor seems to have adapted to the conditions very well.

“It is very good to be here in India. We were supposed to be in our rooms for the first two weeks in order to follow the guidelines. Later we started training, twice in a day and the boys are getting to know each other well. It is important to have a bond amongst all the players since the squad and the coach are new. The pre-season of three weeks, which is very short but since all the teams are getting the same amount of time, there is no room for excuses,” stated the forward.

The job can be demanding, and the pressure will be high when you are a striker, and the burden of scoring goals is on your head. Replacing Coro will be tough but then Angulo is ready for the challenges thrown at him. His targets are team-oriented and he wants to score goals for the team.

“I have no personal targets of my own. I want to score goals for the club and the main motive will be for the team to win,” added the Górnik Zabrze legend. “Football is a team sport and the main target for me will be to score as many goals as possible to help Goa win. We will also be playing the AFC Champions League which is a very prestigious tournament and try to be at our best their as well.”

“Mentally the players are strong and preparing well. Since we are always training and remain in the hotel rooms, it is difficult for the players but we are coping well,” Angulo added whilst talking about the bubble and how it has affected training. “I had initially trouble to adapt to the pitches and the weather in India, but now I am slowly getting a hang of it.”

When probed about his opinion of Indian youngsters, Igor stated, “I have high hopes of the Indian youngsters, not only in the league but also in the AFC Champions League.”

Coro scored 55 goals for FC Goa over his spell of three seasons with the club and provided 16 assists. Filling his shoes will be a tough job for Angulo in his first season in India. However, he remains undaunted by the comparisons.

With more than 300 games and 100 goals to his name, the Spaniard is coming to India with a lot of expectations from the FC Goa fans.

“Coro was an excellent striker, and there is no competition with him from my side. As a striker, I will be looking forward to scoring goals for the team and help them win,” Igor concluded.

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