Bengaluru FC needs a win and plenty of luck

Albert Roca

AFC Cup: Abahani trailing by 0-2 against JSW Bengaluru in first half

Roca's first assignment for Bengaluru FC was the knock-out stages in the AFC Cup in 2016 and he went on to steer the "Blues" all the way to final in Qatar where they went down 0-1 to Iraq's Air Force Club.

"Bengaluru FC and more importantly Indian football will always be grateful for the path that Albert Roca has shown us".

Roca, who joined the club at the start of 2016/17 season has helped Bengaluru FC maintain their dominance in the country despite not winning an I-League or an ISL title.

Roca said though short, his stint at Bengaluru FC would always remain a special story in his career. "Bengaluru FC has been an experience I will always carry with me, no matter where I go", Roca said, as quoted by an official statement.

"The owners, the management, my staff, players and most importantly, the fans walked with me every step of this journey and I can never forget the love and support I have received here. I will miss being on the touchline for this club, but will always follow its progress".

When Roca was asked about his future with the Blues after the Super Cup, he had said, "I don't want to talk about the future".

The game in Dhaka kicks off at 7.15 p.m. local time (6.45 p.m. IST) and can be streamed live on the AFC Cup Facebook page.

Bengaluru's previous visit to Dhaka had ended in defeat to the Bangladeshi side in the group stages of last year's AFC Cup campaign with late goals from Saad Uddin and Rubel Miya handing Albert Roca's men a 0-2 loss. "Just 2 years back we reached the finals of AFC Cup and we want to do it again". Even in hard situations he stayed true to his philosophy and brand of football and that is a testament to the manager and person he is.

Club CEO Parth Jindal also thanked the former Barcelona assistant coach for his services.

He won the Federation Cup in 2017 as well as the inaugural Super Cup in 2018, aside from guiding the club to a fourth consecutive appearance in the knock-out stages of the AFC Cup.

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