Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mariners host Bengaluru tomorrow

AIFF Media 
Table toppers Bengaluru FC take on Mohun Bagan in the Airtel I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday evening.
The sides played out a 1-1 draw in the opening weekend of the season back in September and the fixture was Bengaluru’s first-ever. Since then the I-League debutants have gone on to have a remarkable campaign as they are three wins away from clinching the title. All three of their remaining games are away from home.
Ashley Westwood’s side though have won their last two away matches against Kolkata opposition and the gaffer is confident going into the business end of the season.
“We got three away games which suits me, because we travel, we know where the boys are, we know what they are eating, we know what they are up to, which just makes the whole thing a bit more controlled without being a control freak if you like. We will be really focused to try and get something out of the season,” Westwood was quoted saying.
Following Salgaocar’s 2-1 win over Pune on Friday, Bengaluru’s lead at the top is now down to just one point but like them Mohun Bagan too are under pressure to get a win in order to guarantee their I-League survival.
The Mariners are currently six points clear of the drop zone but could still finish in the top half if they win their last three games. Karim Bencherifa’s side won 3-1 away at Sporting Clube two weeks ago and the Moroccan is keen on building on that impressive performance.
“Bengaluru are top because they have simply been consistent with a lot of hard work being put in by everybody at the club. We got a good result in the last match and hopefully that can push us on to finish the season on a high,” Bencherifa stated.
The subplot of this game is that Mohun Bagan could do their arch-rivals East Bengal a favour but Bengaluru will be determined to get an away victory especially after dropping points in their last two I-League outings. 

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