Delhi will continue to taste Spanish football flavour

first_imgIndian Super League side Delhi Dynamos suffered a horrendous 2017-18 season where they finished third from the bottom of the season and were out in the first round of the inaugural AIFF Super Cup.However, there were some positives to take from the season as the team was praised for its possession-based football style, under former coach Miguel Angel Portugal from Spain, and their winning streak during the last four matches of the season.The club parted ways with Portugal, who is now managing Pune City FC, but decided to retain the similar style by signing another Spanish coach Josep Gombau, who has made his intentions clear to play the same brand of football.”I liked the style of Football Delhi Dynamos played under Coach Portugal. Results obviously didn’t go their way but they played extremely well since the turn of the year,” Gombau told Mail Today. “I don’t want to make a lot of changes to the present style because that’s similar to what I play as well so I’m hoping the players will adapt well.”The former Barcelona youth team coach, who did his homework on the team before taking the project, revealed he spoke to FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera before accepting Dynamos’ job offer.”Lobera and I are good friends and have worked together before so I did speak to him before coming here. He had good things to say about the league which excited me to take the project.One of the shortcomings Delhi faced last season was manager-player communication. Portugal’s limited vocabulary of English often made it difficult for the coach to communicate his tactics, especially during the match.advertisementHowever, it’s not going to be an issue with gaffer Gambou, who worked in Australia for the past five years. His two-year stint with Adelaide United in 2013-15 earned him praises in the nation.The 42-year-old manager plans to do the same at the club which is yet to taste success in ISL.”I implemented my style of football and it reaped rewards in Australia too. So that’s going to be the plan here too. Also, believe I have the right set of players this season to implement the style of football I want,” he concluded.last_img

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