Bengaluru FC eye Indian Super League glory on debut
Bengaluru FC eye Indian Super League glory on debut
ISL Final Albert Roca- 'Everybody knows Bengaluru FC finished eight points above Chennaiyin FC'
21 March, 2018, 08:55
Miku and skipper Sunil Chhetri have got Bengaluru major chunk of the goals, bulging the net on 24 occasions, a feat which has the potential of sending shivers down the rival's spine.
Can Chennaiyin dig deep to upset experienced Bengaluru?
- Sunil Chhetri's hat-trick against FC Pune City in the semifinal made him the first player to score a hat-trick in the playoffs. They will occupy every available seat at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium and cheer the Blues till the final whistle, hoping they finish the tournament like they had started at home: on a dominating note. Just after the match ended, Bengaluru and India number one goalkeeper Gurpreet said "we are the champions because we won the league stage". "I'm really happy for everybody - the staff, the players and the fans", beams Albert Roca. Bengaluru dream of being the first Indian club to win their debut season in the I-League as well as the ISL.
He had expressed disappointment after Bengaluru lost to Chennaiyin in an enthralling final.
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Bengaluru fans will expect more of the same from their captain on Saturday. Meanwhile, Bengaluru have also done a tremendous job on the back, conceding only 17 times in 20 games.
Having not faced a defeat in their last 10 league outings, Bengaluru start as favorites to win the ultimate battle Saturday. He will be the lone hungry wolf shouldering the goal scoring responsibility for his side. This is already their second final and they have done well in the league in the past.
In their quest to find the equaliser, Bengaluru FC often left gap in the back line, and Chennaiyin took full advantage of that to close out the game. "Chhetri and Miku's performances have been similar to Coro's and Lanza's". If we keep those two quiet, we might have a chance to win.
Chennaiyin FC's head coach John Gregory, meanwhile, said that he always knew his striker Jeje Lalpekhlua would come good at some stage of the ongoing Indian Super League after his goal drought in the initial matches. "I understand they want me here but I need to think of my family, of my future", he said. We never give up. "There will be a partisan crowd in there as well", said Gregory adding they're "aware their opponents are not infallible" and they "don't fear anybody". "Whilst we have the utmost respect for them for everything they've achieved, we're Chennaiyin", said the former Aston Villa coach who missed out on FA Cup glory with the English side in 2000. The I-League must draw more from ISL's expertise to help improve Indian soccer's standing, now 99 as compared to 173 in 2015, just after ISL started.
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