The sacking of Bengaluru FC coach Carles Cuadrat comes as a surprise for the Indian football fraternity as the Blues are without a coach as the ISL 2020-21 season is heading towards the business end. However, the sacking was not totally unexpected as the form of Bengaluru FC took a hit along with their unconvincing style of play. The loss of 3-1 to Mumbai City FC last night, which led to a hattrick of losses came as the death-knell for the now-sacked Bengaluru FC manager Carles Cuadrat. Here we look at the 5 reasons that led to Carles Cudrat’s untimely sacking. The Karnataka based club announced this decision on their social media handles earlier this evening.
1. Lacklustre Playing Style
One thing that we all admire about Bengaluru FC over the years is their dominating style of play that brings the opponents to their knees. A beautiful footballing fluidity has been under the managers like Roca and Westwood. Cuadrat was more of a counter-attacking based manager but despite the team’s good performance last season, this season didn’t go the way he expected.
The team looked inspiration-less and was lacking solidity in both defense and midfield. The forwards were also not in the best of their form. This led to Bengaluru playing a physical brand of counter-attacking football, to which most of the Bengaluru FC players weren’t accustomed. This has finally resulted in a dip in the team’s performance resulting in Cuadrat’s sacking.
2. Playing Players Out of Position
One thing that all the fans have accused Cuadrat this season has been him playing his players totally out of position. The positional switching led the players to take more time to adjust into their new roles, as the season resumed the lack of positional sense from the players were slowly starting to show.
Playing Chhetri in the left-wing and Cleiton Silva in the right-wing didn’t do much good to their game as both of them has mostly played as the centre forwards for most of their career. Ashique Kuruniyan was also played as the left wing-back rather than a left-winger. Though he played brilliantly before the injury his absence from the front 3 resulted in lack of pace and unpredictability in Bengaluru FC attack.
3. Disappointing Transfer Window
Without any doubt Bengaluru FC were in the back foot from as early as the beginning of the summer transfer window, as the club failed to fill in the right holes in the team. The panic buy of Ospeth and Fran Gonzalves hasn’t helped the side much, as Fran despite of having a great last season Mohun Bagan in I league was found out-of-depth in much more competitive ISL.
On the other hand Ospeth was a buy which didn’t mean much sense, as Cleiton, Chhetri and Brown were already in the team as the centre forwards adding another one wasn’t needed. Nishu Kumar’s move to Kerala Blasters also was a big shocker as the team lost a regular starter. All in all Bengaluru FC weren’t in their best form in the transfer market which took a toll on it’s on the field performance.
4. Senior Players being Out-Of-Form
Senior players like Chettri, Partaalu and Gurpreet are always expected to spearheading the team on the field as well as inspire the youth players and guide them into the first team. But what transpired wasn’t the ideal scenario as the management expected, Gurpreet has been totally out of form this season. Despite showing the glimpse of his brilliance as a hole Gurpreet has been error-prone under the goal this season.
Sunil Chettri finds himself in a tricky situation as he was playing as the left-wing which he has not been accustomed to. Despite scoring goals, his declining pace resulted in the predictability of Bengaluru FC’s attack from the left side. Partaalu has always been the rock at the heart of BFC midfield, but the defensive midfielder hasn’t been at his best form as the team weren’t able to stop the opposition to create chances from the middle of the pitch.
5. AFC Cup being in the sights is also a Reason
Bengaluru FC are always considered as a side with high expectation on the Asian frontier, as the team dreams of becoming the AFC Cup champions. But the recent form hasn’t been the best as the team lies in the 5th position in the league, far away from the AFC Cup and AFC Champions League Spot. The team’s objective has always been to feature regularly at the continental level.
As for now the upcoming AFC Cup thus holds a lot of importance for the Blues, the sacking of Carles Cuadrat also shows the intent from the management to so good in the upcoming AFC Cup and the remaining of the league season. Cuadrat didn’t look convincing enough to lead them to Asian glory as a result Bengaluru will now look for a new manager who can get the best out of the squad, as the January transfer window is still open it’s the best time to ring in the changes.
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