Indian Super League: Jamshedpur FC face Bengaluru FC in fight for play-off spot

Bengaluru FC are on top and are assured of a spot in the play-offs while Jamshedpur FC will be aiming to register a win and not take the fight for the play-off to the final match.

football Updated: Feb 24, 2018 20:35 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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Jamshedpur FC need a win against Bengaluru FC, who are on top of the table, in order to seal a spot in the Indian Super League play-offs. (ISL / SPORTZPICS)

Having made their way to the top four places after a slow start to the Indian Super League, Jamshedpur FC have a chance to take another giant leap when they take on leaders Bengaluru FC at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday.

With just two games left to play in the league stage, a win over Bengaluru FC may not lock the spot for Jamshedpur FC in the play-offs as yet, but it will give them some respite approaching the final game.

Even though recognising the importance of the game at hand, Jamshedpur head coach Steve Coppell feels it’s not a “do or die” situation for his team.

“We have been in that situation for the last five games where people have said it is, and we have done fairly well in such situations. So, we are looking forward to the game and relishing the challenge,” he said at the pre-match press conference.

Coppell’s men have been in red-hot form in recent weeks picking up 10 out of possible 12 points in their last four games.

Commenting on his side’s good form Coppell said, “In the first half of the season, we had a lot of draws and in the last 5-6 games, we have managed to convert those draw into wins.”

Even though Bengaluru FC have already sealed a spot in the play-offs, their coach Albert Roca believes his team needs to keep up the winning momentum going.

“We have to put in a strong performance in the final two games in the league because that will help us be ready for the playoffs. We must also remember that we play the AFC Cup games in between the playoffs so we can’t take any game easy,” the Spanish tactician said at the press conference.

Having gone down to Jamshedpur FC at home in the first leg fixture between the two sides, the Blues will also be looking to take the game as a chance to redeem themselves.

Speaking about his opponents for tomorrow’s clash, Roca added, “Jamshedpur FC know that they need a good result tomorrow to seal their play-off berth. So, we are expecting a good and tough game.”

There is a huge contrast between how Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC play their football. While Bengaluru have the best attack, having notched up 31 goals, the hosts have managed to keep the most clean sheets in the ISL.

First Published: Feb 24, 2018 20:34 IST