Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bengaluru to sign-off on a higher note

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In the final round of the Hero I-League for this season, Bengaluru FC host Goan outfit Churchill Brothers FC Goa at Shree Kanterava Stadium tomorrow (April 29, 2017).

Both teams are coming off a big-margin victory in their previous round encounters. Bengaluru staged a remarkable 7-0 win against DSK Shivajians and Churchill thrashed Chennai City FC 6-1. Incidentally, both of these results are the biggest victories this season of Hero I-League.

Both teams are out of the title contention long back, so what would be their motivation?

With Bengaluru winning five straight matches (two AFC Cup and three Hero I-League), they would like to continue the good run and mark as a preparation for the Hero Federation Cup, which will be contested between the top eight teams of the I-League. Federation Cup will be played at Cuttack in Odisha and it is scheduled to start from May 7, 2017.

Not to forget the AFC Cup, which they have won all their group matches until now; they look certain to qualify for the knock-out stage.

The bright spot in their massive last week win is that five players were involved in scoring the goals and all of those came from Indian players. With foreigners failing to play a major role in Blues’ strike force this season, this must have pleased Coach Albert Roca.

“Unfortunately we cannot go any higher than fourth position but we’ve built some fantastic momentum and we need to keep that going. We won’t be taking our foot off the pedal. More importantly, Saturday gives us the chance to thank the fans for sticking by us through the season and I’m sure the boys will make most of it,” said Roca on the eve of the game.

“We can’t undo games and results from the past. It’s always about the present and as it stands, we have something good going for us,” was Roca’s take when asked about the result away from home.

Churchill Brothers, the lone representation from Goa in this edition of Hero I-League, started their campaign on a disastrous note. Much to the credit of Coach Derrick Pereira, exhorted late surge and lifted the team out of the relegation equation. Churchill Brothers now find themselves in a respectable position in the points table.

All eyes would be on midfielder Brandon Fernandes, who has been a consistent performer in this season and Bektur Talgat, the 22-year Kyrgyz nationality player, scorer of four goals against Chennai last week.

The match is scheduled at 07:00 pm and will be telecast live on Ten 2.

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