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Carles Cuadrat topped the league and won the ISL title in the 2018-19 season with Bengaluru …
Carles Cuadrat’s season with Bangalore seemed to last for many years when he won the 2018-19 Indian Super League (ISL) trophy.
But less than two years later, the club’s management asked the Spanish coach to leave and agreed to mutually terminate their contract on January 5, 2021.
Most of the management changes at ISL occurred in the December-January period, but Carles Cuadrat’s departure would have been a foolish opinion to make just a year ago. He was deeply involved with the club and its project, so the combination seemed unbreakable. But if there is a beginning, there is an end.
Bengaluru’s shortcomings in the field were plain to see. And that didn’t start this season. However, blaming Cuadrat for everything would not be an adequate assessment of the situation.
After winning the ISL trophy, everyone expected the Blues to start looking for bigger and better things, like putting on a solid show in Asia. That did not happen as Bengaluru lost in the semi-final of the inter-zone play-offs and then crashed in the Super Cup with a loss to Chennai City.
Bengaluru’s star forward Miku, who had been prolific during the title-winning season, suffered from physical and injury problems throughout the season and, at the end of the season, the club decided not to renew his contract as too expensive.
After scoring 20 goals and registering four assists in 32 appearances, Miku left the club and the Blues have yet to find a suitable replacement at her position. Manuel Onwu, Kristian Opseth and even Cleiton Silva cannot compare to the Venezuelan right now and goals were soon sold out for a team that once considered the last third their favorite meeting place.
Heading into the 2020-21 season, there were more hits as the defense was also affected by the starts. Nishu Kumar, who had become a regular first-team player in the left-back position with Cuadrat, left the club to join the Kerala Blasters, who had made a significant offer for the young full-back. Center-back Albert Serran also left the club and what was left was a depleted baseline that was once the best in the league.
It was Bengaluru’s defense that helped them clinch the title in the 2018-19 season, as their contributions in the final third had suffered a huge decline. That continued into the pandemic-hit seventh season of the ISL, and the Blues showed back-to-back shows that weren’t impressive. Losing three games in a row for the first time in the competition’s history was the last straw.
It is safe to say that the head coach was not endorsed by the club in the transfer market prior to the 2020-21 season, but those responsible will have their own explanations for this, especially as it has been a financially difficult period for all clubs in soccer.
Carles Cuadrat has left a lasting legacy in Bengaluru. He handed out a major league trophy and topped the league standings, something no one else has done. Furthermore, he was, and always will be, a true blue.