Friday, February 10, 2017

Bengaluru confident of good show against Minerva

AIFF Media 
Bengalru FC Media 

In an important Round 7 match of the Hero I-League, Bengaluru FC take on new comer Minerva Punjab FC tomorrow evening at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore.  

The hosts are going through a mid-season slump. They are back home after a tough away journey where they failed to register single a win in three games. Minerva Punjab is coming with a morale-boosting win and draw back home. 

Interestingly, both teams locked horns few days back in the semifinal of the U-16 Youth League, where the team from Punjab got the better of Bengaluru. The later look to turn the table this time around. 

Talking to the media, Bengaluru coach Roca agreed his team is down for now, but fortunate that this has happened at an early stage, so there is enough time to retrieve, and come back in title contention. 

“We need to keep fighting because that’s the first thing we need to do. It is all about mentality and positive attitude and we’re prepared for the game. We’re eager to win!” stated the Spaniard. 

The Steelmen received a jolt in the absence of central defender duo, John Johnson and Juanan, who are out for tomorrow’s match owing to suspension by the AIFF disciplinary committee after their away game against Churchill Brothers. 

“I’m confident about the players who will be there tomorrow on the pitch, we’ve have to face the situation, which at present might not be in our favor. We have to be there and try to do our best!” remarked Roca. 

BFC is yet to find a replacement for Roby Norales, who after having a stint with the Blues was loaned out to Ozone FC. He is currently doing duty in I-League Second Division. Roca is hopeful about getting the fourth foreigners slot filled next week. 

Must be a big match tomorrow for the team from North. After collecting a point in their away first game against Chennai City FC, they were pointless in next three (away) rounds. Team has just gathered momentum after a draw and a win. 

Minerva coach, Surinder Singh said, “Team is doing well and they are slowly coming together, we are looking for a positive result.” 

“Even a draw would do for us, considering this is our away match. Something is always better than nothing” quipped coach, who believes in taking each match at a time. 

The match is scheduled at 7:05 pm and will be telecast live on Ten2 television channel.