Simon Grayson Keen To Build On Home Advantage As League Campaign Enters Second Half
Bengaluru FC Head Coach Simon Grayson said that his side were looking to build on last week’s result (against Jamshedpur FC) as they prepare for a second home fixture on the trot, against Hyderabad FC at the Kanteerava Stadium, on Friday. The Blues, who have 10 points from 10 games, are placed 8th on the League table, while Hyderabad come into the game in 2nd place with 22 points.
“I think we’ve mentioned it all season, that you have to learn from each win, loss and draw. There were certain aspects of last week’s game that were pleasing and others that we need to work on. It’s no coincidence that the three games we’ve won are all with clean sheets. If we can combine clean sheets, a positive attitude and be a little more ruthless, regardless of who we play, we feel we can beat anyone,” said Grayson, speaking to the press on the eve of the game.
The Blues began their League campaign with a win over NorthEast United (1-0), but have since won just two fixtures in nine (1-0 against Jamshedpur FC and 2-0 against FC Goa). In the reverse fixture, a Bartholomew Ogbeche strike in the 83rd minute settled what was a close encounter at the Gachibowli Stadium.
“Hyderabad are a team that have been together for a long time. When we played them earlier in the League there was nothing in the game, and it was decided by fine margins. They’ve got some good players, including Ogbeche, and that’s why they’re at the top end of the League. It’s a good test for us, and we’ve got to build on the last game and do our best,” Grayson added.
Grayson provided an update on the fitness of Spanish midfielder Pablo Pérez, while also adding that several players were in line for a return to competitive action. “Pablo’s in a much better physical condition than he was when he joined us almost three weeks ago. He’s a very versatile player who can fit into a number of different positions, which makes it easy for me. At the same time, we have others like Udanta (Singh), Alan (Costa) and Bruno (Ramires) who are all close to returning to the squad,” said Grayson.
Kick-off between the Blues and Hyderabad FC is scheduled for 7.30 pm IST and will be telecast live on the STAR Sports Network, Disney+Hotstar and JioTV, with tickets available on PayTM Insider.