Margao (Goa) [India], December 12 (ANI): Three draws and a win in the opening four matches isn't an ideal start to the seventh season of Indian Super League (ISL) for former champions Bengaluru FC. However, coach Carles Cuadrat is aiming to get his side back on track and is eyeing full points when they host Kerala Blasters at the Fatorda Stadium, on Sunday.
Bengaluru have a great track record against Kerala. In six games, they have prevailed on four occasions and lost just one. But that is the past and Cuadrat's side isn't in the best of form. Their last game against NorthEast United ended in a 2-2 draw.
Bengaluru started the campaign with a 3-4-3 formation, which wasn't conducive to their style forcing Cuadrat to deploy a four-man defence. The change in plan has helped Bengaluru bring out best from Dimas Delgado and Udanta Singh, making them look more threatening
"It was not working well for us at the moment but it can work well in the future. We have a plan B and C. We came back to a 4-3-3 and it helped us to get more offensive," explained Cuadrat in an ISL release.
The Bengaluru coach sounded confident of his side getting back on track and added, "We have to be mentally and physically strong. Some teams had a longer pre-season but are not able to take three points."
The former ISL champions have netted 80 per cent of their goals (4) from set-pieces this season and this could pose a threat to Kerala whose defence has been the most vulnerable in the league. They are yet to keep a clean sheet against BFC.
This season, Kerala Blasters have conceded six goals (second-most), despite facing just 13 shots on target.
"We are working and hoping that in the next game, everything is going to be better. We didn't think we will get two points in four games but sometimes it happens," coach Kibu Vicuna said.
"We are trying different possibilities. We are trying to improve. We have to improve in the last third. We have to be brave and work better and hard."
Kerala will miss the injured Sergio Cidoncha, who has left for Spain for his recovery programme. (ANI)