ISL 2020-21: ATK Mohun Bagan coach Habas, Spanish players to arrive in Goa on Sunday

ATK Mohun Bagan’s Indian Super League-winning coach Antonio Lopez Habas along with three Spanish players and support staff will arrive in Goa on Sunday.

ATK Mohun Bagan’s Indian Super League-winning coach Antonio Lopez Habas.   -  Vivek Bendre

ATK Mohun Bagan’s Indian Super League-winning coach Antonio Lopez Habas along with three Spanish players and support staff are slated to arrive in Goa on Sunday.

The seven members, including Spanish players Edu Garcia, Javi Hernandez and Tiri will undergo home quarantine for two weeks in Goa, according to a statement issued by ATK-MB.

“We are slated to reach Sunday morning. Now the situation is very different. Time is less but the challenge is bigger. We are looking forward to giving our best on the field,” Habas said in the statement.

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Spanish centre-back Tiri has also posted a farewell photo with his family on his Instagram page.

“Without any doubt it has been the most difficult farewell of my life ... I’m sure that despite the distance, we will be more united than ever! See you soon, family and friends, now it’s time to enjoy my work again! Thanks for everything,” wrote the 29-year-old.

The support staff include assistant coach Manuel Perez, goalkeeping coach Angel Pindado and fitness coach Miguel Martinez.

The team is already camping for more than a week in Goa.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the top-tier league will be held in three venues of Goa. This season ATK has merged with Mohun Bagan, while arch-rival East Bengal has become the 11th team of the league, forming a consortium with Shree Cement Limited.

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