He left town and the membership after a triumphant season final yr. Although many days have passed by, Fran Gonzalez’ coronary heart nonetheless beats for Kolkata and Mohun Bagan. The self-proclaimed Mariner that he’s, Gonzalez needed to proceed enjoying for his beloved membership, however future had different plans for him.
‘Refused’ and ‘betrayed’ as he feels typically at Gostha Pal Sarani, he lastly moved to Bengaluru. Now, on the eve of the ISL derby, he shared his ideas completely with the Indian Express. (Read in Bengali)
How has your life been since transferring to Bengaluru? Can we anticipate you to return to Kolkata if supplied in future?
This season is one that’s being carried out in unusual circumstances with the bio-bubble and empty stadiums and it isn’t straightforward for anybody concerned. However it’s all a part of the expertise. My swap to Bengaluru FC has been difficult but additionally fulfilling in so some ways. It might have been good to expertise town, its tradition, the followers that I’ve heard a lot about and to have the ability to play on the Kanteerava. However like I stated, it has been an odd time and season owing to the pandemic and we’ve to take all of it in. I at all times love gathering experiences by soccer and this has been a particular one too.
A few return to Kolkata sooner or later, who is aware of? At this second, I’m dedicated to Bengaluru and to assist the membership end the season on the absolute best notice. As soon as that’s accomplished, we’ll then see.
Do you miss Kolkata and it’s soccer? How is it totally different from the type at Bengaluru FC?
Positively. I had an amazing yr with Mohun Bagan final season the place we received the championship. I solely have fond recollections of town, the membership, its followers and all of the love and respect they confirmed me. Model-wise, each the golf equipment have their very own method to the sport and as professionals, it’s a must to adapt. Lots is dependent upon the coach, the gamers round and the best way the membership needs to play.
What does Mohun Bagan imply to you? You could have been a passionate Mariner and a darling to Mohun Bagan followers. Have you ever shrugged off the tags bestowed on you or are you keen to proceed to be a Mariner without end?
Like I stated earlier, I’ve solely fond recollections from my time at Mohun Bagan. The followers welcomed me and made my time on the membership and within the metropolis, particular. That season, every part we achieved and the love of the followers will at all times keep in my coronary heart.
ATK-MB to play East Bengal within the second derby quickly. Who do you assume could have the final snort? Will you miss enjoying derby and provides us a quick in your favorite derby expertise out of your entire profession?
The derby was a particular expertise for me and I really feel it’s the presence of the followers that contributes a lot to it. The final derby I used to be a part of, we ended up profitable 2-1 and that was a unbelievable day. This season, ATK Mohun Bagan appear to be flying excessive with so many constant performances. They’re a robust unit and possess high quality in each space on the pitch and that’s the rationale why they’re on high of the desk. East Bengal, like us, are going by a troublesome season. Nevertheless, they do have numerous high quality with their foreigners and if all of them flip up, it could possibly be a really robust encounter.
ATK MB have been a dominant power this season. What has made them so robust?
As I discussed earlier, they’re a really compact and robust unit. They possess gamers with particular person brilliance and so they mix nicely as a crew. They’ve been churning out outcomes even whether it is late within the sport, and all these points come collectively to place them on high of the desk.
What’s your tackle coach Robbie Fowler?
I don’t even know him
What went unsuitable for Bengaluru FC this season? As soon as a profitable crew now stumbling on every match. How has the crew modified because the departure of coach Carles Cuadrat?
It has been a troublesome season owing to so many components. However that is soccer and it’s certain to occur even to the most effective groups. As a crew, we fell quick on many events. Then there have been accidents to so many key gamers all through that didn’t assist. Nevertheless, on the time of doing this interview, we’re nonetheless inside a mathematical probability of creating the play-off levels and we’ve been exhibiting some good character in the previous couple of video games. Carles Cuadrat has been on the membership for 5 years, and perhaps the administration felt the membership wanted a brand new, recent perspective. The circumstances have meant that the children have needed to step up and I at all times get pleasure from attempting to assist them out, share my expertise with them, as a result of they’re the way forward for this membership. It’s been troublesome, however it has taught all of us a lot.
You have been supposed to hitch Kerala Blasters reuniting with former coach Kibu Vicuna earlier than ISL. What led you to hitch Bengaluru as a substitute of Kerala?
As everybody is aware of I had one other season contract with Mohun Bagan and I couldn’t signal with one other membership till October. It was a really lengthy switch window for me and my household with a couple of choices to decide on. Anyway I’m completely happy to be right here with Bengaluru, I’ve discovered rather a lot these few months, it made me even stronger.
How have you ever utilised lockdown final yr? What has been your pandemic expertise?
As an expert footballer, you’re at all times touring and also you don’t essentially do it together with your loved ones. So I made the a lot of the lockdown by spending sufficient time with my associate and my son. After a profitable final season, I felt I wanted a while off to loosen up and take my thoughts away from soccer for a bit and that’s precisely what I did. I’m continuously attempting to be taught new issues, broaden my information on totally different topics and acquire new views. The lockdown helped accomplish that a lot of that. In fact, it has been such a troublesome time for the world and it additionally makes you’re feeling grateful for good well being and a cushty life.