“We need to be positive and go ahead,” Kingfisher East Bengal coach Khalid Jamil made no secret of his strategy ahead of his team’s grand finale against JSW Bengaluru FC in the Hero Super Cup final slated to be held at the Kalinga Stadium here on Friday (April 20, 2018).
“Bengaluru FC are a good team. We need to be positive all throughout,” Jamil added.
“There is always a temptation to try to think differently for a final. But we need to go ahead with normal preparations which we do for every match,” he stated. “We need to think about ourselves and stay positive. We need to play our game.”
Jamil also lavished praise on Technical Director Subash Bhowmick for “helping the team.”
“He has been helping us improve in every area,” Jamil informed.
Central Defender Eduardo Ferreira felt the red and golds cannot afford any lapse in concentration.
“We need to stay switched on all throughout. BFC are one of the best teams in the country. We will give our best but it’s more important to stay alert. Even for a moment, we get a bit complacent, we will be hit hard,” he maintained.
Jamil, meanwhile, refused to read much into the trio of Udanta Singh, Nicolas Fedor (Miku) and Sunil Chhetri who have been doing the trick for BFC upfront.
“Everyone is speaking about the trio. But in the midfield, Lenny Rodrigues has been in sublime form too. There’s quality in every department in their department and not just about their strikers. Their bench strength is very strong,” Jamil echoed.
Jamil also opined that he hopes striker Dudu Omegbemi will get the match-fitness before the final.
The match is scheduled at 4 PM and it’ll be telecast on Star Sports 2/2 HD/1 Tamil/Suvarna Plus/Jalsha Movies/Asianet Movies and streamed live on Hotstar and Jio TV.
AIFF Press Release