ISL: Edu Garcia credits his goal against Mumbai City FC to Carles Cuadra

Bengaluru FC (BFC) footballer Edu Garcia credited his well-worked goal, against Mumbai City FC, to the club’s assistant coach Carles Cuadrat. Garcia used the give-and-go with Udanta Singh off a short-corner to find the net in BFC’s opening ISL match, at Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Sunday. The home side won 2-0.

Edu Garcia celebrates after scoring against Mumbai City FC.   -  AFP

Bengaluru FC (BFC) footballer Eduardo Garcia Martin, alias, Edu Garcia, credited his well-worked goal, against Mumbai City FC, to the club’s assistant coach Carles Cuadrat. Garcia used the give-and-go with Udanta Singh off a short-corner to find the net in BFC’s opening ISL match, at Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Sunday. The home side won 2-0.

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The Spaniard holds the honour of scoring BFC’s first-ever goal in the ISL. “Carles is the set-piece boss here. In the first-half, he asked me to take short-corners, because he noticed that they (Mumbai City FC) had tall defenders who could command the box. But I refused to listen. In the second-half, he continued telling me the same, and finally I gave it a chance. I saw that there was no Mumbai player outside the penalty area, and that Udanta was close by. So I played him, and he gave it back to me. I had enough time to take a shot at goal. Credit to both Carles and (head coach) Albert Roca. They place a special emphasis on set-pieces, and that's why we try various things from dead-ball situations,” Garcia said.

The former Zaragoza player added, “This is my first match in India, my first for BFC, and I get a goal. I had goosebumps.”

Garcia is yet to fully get on board with the signals used by his team-mates. "The signals are very crazy. It's not just the coaches, even my mates keep yelling 'first', 'second', 'point' and so on. But when I go up to take the kick, it's up to me. I make the signal using my arms.”