Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bengaluru FC look to get back to winning ways

Airtel I-League comes back to the Garden City, when our own, 3rd placed Bengaluru FC lock horns with 4th placed Sporting Clube de Goa. 

Exactly a month ago, Bengaluru FC played their last home game when they thrashed Dempo 3-1. Post that, their three away matches yielded them only a point and they are looking nothing but getting back to winning ways. 

Both the teams are tied with 14 points (after today’s Shillong Lajong Vs Rangdajied United game, the former too is on 14 but after playing one extra game). A win will ensure them a second/third spot in the points table. 

Stepping out of a comfort zone, Coach Ashley reckons was good, “The away games were pretty close, in last two matches we allowed goal in last minute and also missed a penalty.” 

Sunil Chhetri, who recently became India’s highest goal scorer in international matches, is also looking forward to the Sporting match as he too wants his team to get back to winning ways. 

“They are a good side, we are going to go all out against them. Our target is to bag full points from this match and get back to our winning habit,” said Chhetri. Chhetri will be hoping to maintain his good form, after having scored for India against Philippines and Nepal. 

Sporting Clube de Goa is hoping to end Bengaluru FC’s unbeaten run at home. Having beaten Pune FC and snatching points against East Bengal in their last two matches, the Goan side is high on morale. 

 “We know Bengaluru FC has been playing well at home, but we have come here to win,” said Coach Oscar Bruzon. “Our opponent is a good team, we’re good too, and we know our strength and weaknesses”, he added. 

The Panaji-based team has a strong local presence. The current squad in Bangalore has as many as ten Goan players. They are serious in Youth Development too, five players from this squad touring to Bangalore are product of their Youth Development System. 

Sporting is likely to miss four players due to injury. Mackroy Peixote, Joseph Pereira, Stephen Barretto, and Dawson Fernandes are on the injured list, but the Spanish coach is not worried too much about it. “I have seen Bengaluru FC’s matches on TV and I have chalked out a plan to counter them.” said Bruzon.