Saturday, February 14, 2015

Bengaluru to continue with the winning momentum

Less than a week after recording their first home win in the Hero I-League, the Blues from the Garden City are back at their Fortress when they meet Shillong Lajong FC tomorrow. 

The team from Meghalaya did not have the best of the start - 3 losses and only a win after making the best finish (Sixth) in previous season! 

Speaking to media, Shillong coach Thangboi Singto attributed the struggle to his foreign players, “Most of the time foreigners make difference in I-League, unfortunately for us, foreigners joined late. We've only 3 for now, fourth foreigner is yet to join us.”, said Thangboi. 

With the motto of the promoting football in North-East, the team comprise of players only from North-East barring foreigners and goalkeepers.

The newly laid natural turf of the match venue has failed to impress Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood. The gaffer is not mincing words, “This pitch is perhaps the worst pitch in the country.” He adds, “Not a good surface - uneven and bumpy, deepened by the dew-factor of the night, which causes the ball to move fast.” 

In keeper Lalthuammawia Ralte, defender Lalchhuan Mawia, and medio Eugeneson Lyngdoh Bengaluru have several players in their starting lineup who were once a part of Shillong Lajong FC. That would help the visitors as they are aware of their playing style. However, Thangboi overturned the theory, “tomorrow’s match is not about individuals, Bengaluru play as a unit.”, quipped coach. 

Shillong defender Robing Gurung sprained his thigh muscle, he seems to be 50-50 for tomorrow's encounter. 

The match between Bengaluru FC and Shillong Lajong FC is slated to start tomorrow, Saturday, 14 PM, Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore.