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Came to India because East Bengal is a big club: Costa Rican defender Acosta

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Costa Rican defender today said he had no idea about Indian and it was only the rich history of East Bengal that drew him to sign up with the prestigious club.

East Bengal had created quite a stir in Indian when they signed 35-year-old Johnny Acosta, who played all three games for at in

"When I signed, I only knew that East Bengal are a big club with great history. I have no idea about ISL or any other tournament. I came here because East Bengal are a big club," said the Spanish-speaking Costa Rican centreback.

Having got a sponsor, East Bengal were in talks to take part in the ISL but reports claim that the number of teams may not be increased this season.

"I have not seen any Indian matches before. The one I saw on October 6 (match against WB Police) was my first. I don't know anything about the leagues in as well," said Acosta, who once played against back in 2011 in the Copa America.

A fan of Paolo Maldini, 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, 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."

Acosta said it was disappointing that finished last in group E and crashed out early despite an impressive show in

"It was disappointing definitely. We were playing against such a top side like and we had almost managed to get a draw against them," he said during the which was called off yesterday as East Bengal had forgotten to hire an

"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 side.

"Overall a very good experience playing against Switzerland, and Our entire team played very well," Acosta said.

drew 2-2 with Switzerland, and had lost their opening game 1-0 against

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 21:55 IST