Kingfisher East Bengal defeated Mumbai City FC by 2-1 in the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar in one of the most anticipated ties of Hero Super Cup. Here we find 5 talking points which needs to discussed.
● Khalid Aucho The X Factor :
Throughout the season, East Bengal had a goal fest. The piercing trio Katsumi Yusa, Mahmood Al Amna and Dudu Omagbemi scored goals when the team wanted. Still they could not win the I-League for conceding good number of goals which eventually spoiled the party. East Bengal defence was criticised through out the season. Even the disability of blocking the dangerous balls in the midfield costed them very much.
After the I-League, East Bengal had signed Khalid Aucho, the Ugandan international as the 6th foreigner. In this match, he presented himself as the X factor which was missing so far in Red and Gold Brigade’s game. He successfully nullified Achille Emana, the midfield general of Mumbai City FC which eventually played a big role in East Bengal’s winning.
● Crowd Support Behind East Bengal :
More than 1000 fans were there behind the 11 Red and Gold shirts in Kalinga Stadium.
For playing against a strong opponent you always need that mental support to put the match through, which the East Bengal players got from their passionate travelling fans. More than 1000 odd supporters travelled from Madhyamgram, Kharagpur, Panihati and several other places of West Bengal with the long banners. East Bengal Ultras, one of the most craziest group of supporters always travel for the team in the home and away games, were present on this occasion also. The supporters outclassed the local supporters like in the ground who were mostly supporting the ISL side.
● Mumbai City FC’s Unwillingness Of Playing Super Cup :
Most of the ISL teams haven’t taken the Super Cup seriously. The ISL teams released most of their foreign players after ISL and monitored Super Cup as the arena for examining their reserve bench.
Alexander Guimares, the coach of Mumbai too was not fully satisfied to play this tournament after ISL. They’ve released their 5 foreigners after the ISL. One of their foreigners, Rafa Jorda was out for the injury. Mumbai only featured Lucian Goian and Achille Emana in the crucial tie against East Bengal.
● Bhowmick-Jamil Duo worked well :
After the debacle in the I league, East Bengal officials forced to appoint veteran Subhash Bhowmick as the Technical Director of the team. But there were misconception among the coach and the players regarding who will be at the helm of the side. After the appointment, Subhash Bhowmick started practice with the players banishing Khalid Jamil. There were much conflict among the coach and the Technical Director before the tournament which sometimes even became public in the form of loose verbal assault. But in the tournament, it seemed that the duo worked well. We found different changes in the game of East Bengal. East Bengal team was playing more short passes with keeping the ball possession as much as possible. The midfield & the defence line too looked compact which wasn’t right during the reign of Khalid Jamil.
●Eduardo’s solid presence :
East Bengal defence was criticised through out the tournament. Still Eduardo Ferreira, the lone warrior always stood up in the right time for saving the team. He single handedly saved his team in couple of matches, still failed to present the club the long awaited I-League. In the match against the tough opponent, he marked his name with the stellar performance by nullifying dangerous attacks of Mumbai City FC. In this match, he got the support of Khalid Aucho who was there as the talismanic figure in the midfield. Co stopper Gurwinder Singh too complemented him in the match.