Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hero I-League poised for the grand finale at Kanteerava Stadium

Both teams met at the inaugural I-League match of the previous season, this time in the concluding match, that too in title decider. Down to the wire stuff, Hero I-League can’t get better than this!

McDowels Mohun Bagan seems to be undeterred with what they have achieved so far. Per Coach Sanjoy Sen, “Past performance does not matter us, this is a new game. Though we need just one point against BFC’s three, it is always uncertain if you play for a draw, and let me tell you that we are looking for 3 full points.”

Bengaluru FC must have been the most successful team in past few seasons – two most important titles – I-League in the debut year, followed by Federation Cup this season. They are just a victory away from taking home the Hero I-League.

Gaffers view was straight as usual, “If you win the match that would suggest you deserve to win Hero I-League!” 

He threw down the gauntlet to Bagan citing their dismal away form. “There’s no pressure whatsoever. We’ve had a really successful season. We already have two trophies in the cabinet in the Federation Cup and the I-League and are playing at home where we are really strong. We’ve lost just one game at home while Bagan have won just two games away from home. The pressure is surely on them because we are the form side and they seem to be having a dismal run,” said Westwood while addressing a rather packed press conference on Saturday.

Sanjoy Sen have sweet memories of the Garden City, he helped Mohammedan Sporting qualify for the I-League a couple of seasons back. However, the assistant coach of the former U-19 India National team feels coaching an I-League team and a Second Division champion team are entirely different affair.

He took charge of the team during Hero Federation Cup, in spite of playing good football Bagan failed to bring positive result. But felt the team had every potential to be the title contender.

“It is all about mental pressure, we don’t have any sort of pressure. We have toiled hard to reach at this position, and should not look back henceforth”, said coach.

Coming up to the Hero I-League this far is exciting for Mohun Bagan – both for the players and well as supporters, who come is big numbers even in away matches. Sen signs off, “If we can do something for them that would be the greatest achievement for us.”