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Mohun Bagan wary of Bengaluru FC challenge ahead of Super Cup 2018 semi-final

Mohun Bagan coach Sankarlal Chakraborty says 2018 Super Cup semi-final opponents Bengaluru FC are dangerous in transition and his team needs to be keep an eye on every player.

football Updated: Apr 17, 2018 09:37 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, Bhubaneshwar
The winner of tie between Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru  FC will play East Bengal in the 2018 Super Cup final.
The winner of tie between Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC will play East Bengal in the 2018 Super Cup final.(HT PHOTO)

Mohun Bagan coach Sankarlal Chakraborty is still in awe of the “quality displayed by Bengaluru FC” in last edition’s Federation Cup final.

Speaking in the official pre-match press conference ahead of Mohun Bagan’s Super Cup semi-final clash against Bengaluru, Chakraborty preferred to walk down memory lane to speak about Bagan’s 0-2 defeat in that match.

“The quality which Bengaluru displayed against us in the Federation Cup final last year was splendid,” he recollected.

“Coach Roca changed the formation in the match thrice. I will never forget their one-sided dominance all throughout my life,” he said, adding: “Do not forget that Mohun Bagan were perhaps the best side last season.”

Speaking about Bagan’s rivalry with Bengaluru FC, Chakraborty attributed the match as the “one of the biggest match in Indian Football.”

“But we are prepared for them. In Indian Football, BFC are one of the teams who have the better infrastructure and are one of the best-prepared teams.”

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“BFC are very dangerous in their transitions,” Chakraborty maintained. “I hear people talking about their trio of Sunil Chhetri, Miku and Udanta Singh upfront. Yes, they are deadly. But at the same time, you need to be wary of the support from behind,” he pronounced. “We have talked about them in our meetings and practised likewise.”

“Modern Football has changed. You cannot depend on one single player to win you a match. Nowadays, it’s more about a team effort which invariably decides the winning combination. “I have said from day one that in a knockout tournament, it’s all about balancing everything.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Raynier Fernandes said that they are “ready for the challenge.”

“We know it’s a tough match. But we are ready for it.”