Saturday, November 2, 2013

Bengaluru FC look to get back on the road



Press release

Bengaluru FC will look to bounce back from last week’s defeat against East Bengal when they take on Mumbai FC in what is the first of an important two away games that club plays at the Balewadi Sports Complex within a week. 

Bengaluru FC are on the third spot (13) with league leaders Salgaocar (16 - with a match more played) and Pune FC (13 - with better goal difference and a match less played)

Hosts Mumbai FC finds itself in a precarious situation going into the Round 8 match against Bengaluru FC, at the Balewadi Sports Complex Stadium here on Saturday. They have lost three matches on the trot at home and a fall from No 5 to No 10 in the I-League standings!

“We are determined to get back on track. Two away games in four days will be a good test for us and it’s important that the team stays focused and does everything to ensure positive performances, “said Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood on the eve of the game.

Mumbai FC are going through a run they would like to end for certain, having  picked up just one point from their last four games and the Khalid Jamil-coached team would look to buck the trend at home. However, they will take on Bengaluru FC without their influential skipper Haroon Amiri. The Afghanistan player was sent off in Mumbai FC’s 3-2 defeat to Shillong Lajong last week and his absence at the heart of defense is something Bengaluru would do well to capitalize on.

Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri said the team is focused and is keen to do well on Saturday. “An away game is always a challenge but we have been training well and hope we can swing the result our way against Mumbai FC,” said Chhetri.  

The Blues have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season and the loss to East Bengal was the only game where Westwood’s boys haven’t scored. They next play Pune FC on November 6.

Saturday's game kicks off at 3 pm.