Came to India because East Bengal is a big club: Costa Rican defender Acosta
Costa Rican defender Johnny Acosta today said he had no idea about Indian football and it was only the rich history of East Bengal that drew him to sign up with the prestigious club.
"When I signed, I only knew that East Bengal is a big club with great history. I have no idea about ISL or any other tournament. I came here because East Bengal is a big club," said the Spanish-speaking Costa Rican centreback.
"I have not seen any Indian football matches before. The one I saw on October 6 (East Bengal's Kolkata league match against WB Police) was my first. I don't know anything about the leagues in India as well," said Acosta, who once played against Lionel Messi back in 2011 in the Copa America.
A fan of Paolo Maldini, Acosta further said he is ready to take the field for East Bengal.
"I am ready. I am just waiting for my paper works. Once they are ready I will start playing," the defender, who will sport his usual No 2 jersey, said.
Asked if the language would be a concern, Acosta said: "Language has never been a problem for me. I will not face any problem adjusting here as football has only one language. This is football."
"It was disappointing definitely. We were playing against such a top side like Brazil and we had almost managed to get a draw against them," he said during the media conference which was called off yesterday as East Bengal had forgotten to hire an interpreter.
"Unfortunately, they scored and we were left heartbroken."
Acosta, with 71 International matches for Costa Rica, was impressive against Neymar's Brazil, who required two stoppage-time goals from Coutinho and Neymar to beat them 2-0.
Asked about playing against Neymar, he said: "It was a very good experience for me. Not only I had a great experience of playing against the entire Brazil side.
"Overall a very good experience playing against Switzerland, Serbia, and Brazil. Our entire team played very well," Acosta said.
Costa Rica drew 2-2 with Switzerland and had lost their opening game 1-0 against Serbia.
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