Saturday, September 28, 2013

Bengaluru FC look to pocket three points

Technically Sunday’s Airtel I-League second round between Rangdajied United FC and Bengaluru FC can be touted as a battle between the newbies. However, the steel magnate Jindal-backed team has shown a lot of promise in first round against mighty Mohun Bagan. Rangdajied United on the other hand went down tamely to United Sports. 

The encouraging fact for the visitors is that they are back to the same venue from where they have started their journey. It was the same Bangalore Football Stadium this summer, where the team from the northeastern state of Meghalaya, earned permit to play I-League by winning Second Division. 

Rangdajied United’s coach Santosh Kashyap is not deterred by the loss against United Sports, “We are a young team, even in the last match we created a lot of chances. We lost that match owing to lack of experience. We have regrouped now and better prepared for tomorrow’s match!” 

Kashyap, known for his ability to perform wonders with mere average teams like Air India and ONGC is positive about the weather of the Garden City favoring them, he adds, “the current Bangalore weather is quite similar to what we have in Shillong, which will help us. Kolkata, where we played our last match was hot and humid.”

Bengaluru FC gaffer Ashley too is undeterred with the way his strikers missed chances in their last match, “As long we play like last match, keep a good work rate performance, which will be enough for us to win a game. I have no problems with the strikers missing a few opportunities up front.” 

Kashyap would be fielding a tested 4-4-2 formation, trying to present a positive and entertaining football. However, a slight muscle pull of Senegalese defender Lamine Tamba is worrying him, he will take a final call only before the start of the match. 

Fitness-level is something that Ashley is proud of his team, Bengaluru FC will be fielding a fully-fit team tomorrow with only speedy medio Thoi Singh sitting out due to the red card shown in the last match.