Kolkata, December 3rd, 2018: Kolkata giants Quess East Bengal will be facing defending champions Minerva Punjab FC in the 33rd game of the 12th Hero I-League tomorrow at the VYBK Stadium, Saltlake, Kolkata 5 PM onwards.
Quess East Bengal, are currently placed 8th in the Hero I-League points table with six points in their kitty from 2 wins and an equal number of losses from four games so far while visitors Minerva Punjab FC are placed sixth with eight points to their kitty from 2 wins and equal number of losses and draws.
Quess East Bengal have played some entertaining football in their first two outings having defeated Shillong Lajong FC and Neroca FC, however their defeats in the last two games against table toppers Chennai City FC and Aizawl FC might just be a dampner in their preparations for this crucial game against Minerva Punjab FC.
What also needs to be seen that while the hosts have scored 8 goals from 4 games, they also have conceded 8 goals from as many games. Head Coach Alejandro Garcia would be interested in organising his defence line which has quite often allowed the opponents to breach into the danger zone this season.
“After two losses we want to win a match. Our priority will be to win again tomorrow. Minerva is a good team. Their style of play is very different and to defend against them is very difficult at times. But we are playing at our home and we have to play better than them,” said Alejandro Garcia, Head Coach, Quess East Bengal.
Jobby Justin & Spaniard Enrique Esqueda have been the star performers for Quess East Bengal this season having scored three goals each. Both of them have shown immense strength and prowess creating a lot of trouble for the opponents and can prove to be quite threatening on their day.
Having lost against Chennai City FC at home, Alejandro Garcia and his team would want to return to winning ways for themselves and the huge fan base that they boast of in Kolkata and other parts of India.
On the contrary Minerva Punjab FC have still not been able to find a compact attacking unit as it’s evident from the fact that they have just scored 5 goals from 6 games.
A major concern for the club has been the unavailability of their star striker Yu Kobi who hasn’t been able to start a single game due to the prolonged injury layoff.
“Last year was last year. It’s a new team this year and a new season as well. We have started from the scratch and we are trying to improve with every game”, Paul Munster stated.
“It’s still early and we are taking one match at a time. The league is very tight and surely, East Bengal will look to grab all three points tomorrow just as the way we want to.”
On being asked about the rivalry between the two clubs that has grown recently, Paul Munster said,”I am told about the rivalry between both the clubs and I think that’s also is motivating for us to perform well and give our full to the game tomorrow.”
The current strike force of Nigerian duo of Donatus Edafe and Philip Njoku have some how not clicked so far to wreak havoc for their opponents.
However, two goals to Njoku is still a saving grace for the defending Champions.
Minerva’s Irish coach Pual Munster would definitely want to exploit the weak defence line of Quess East Bengal through his strike force and Ghanian midfielder William Opoku who also has scored a goal so far.
What still goes in the favour of the vistors is that they enter this game with a win at their back against Indian Arrows.