After the derby victory over their arch rivals Mohun Bagan, East Bengal has remained undefeatable in the last 5 games and giving a tough fight to the fellow title challengers.
The East Bengal head coach Alejandro Menendez and their new recruit Siam Hangal attended the press meet and the gaffer is very delighted to face the league leaders in their home, saying, “Tomorrow’s game is a much important game for us as it will be competitive for both the sides and we are looking forward to it”. The statement shows the eagerness of the coach as well the whole East Bengal squad.
East Bengal have garnered 13 points out of possible 15 which shows the team’s performances both home and away which shows their consistency in this competition.
“Right now we are in a good position but still we have games to go and we have to perform what we did in last 5 matches” said the Spaniard.
The new lads Jamie Santos Colado and Toni Dovale have partnered well in the midfield and helping the attacking third and assisting their target-man Jobby Justin to score more. They are proving to be the vital gems of the East Bengal midfield imposing formidable presence in the midfield region.
The gaffer commented upon the two new recruits, “They are doing the job that are imparted on them. Exceptional in the midfield helping both the defence and the attacking players.”
East Bengal had some rough tackling and some ugly moments starting from the Kolkata derby. The likes of Gagandeep and Chullova were sent off due to harsh actions in the Churchill game and in the Indian Arrows game respectively. The gaffer added that, “Players are emotional. When their team suffers they are pushed into pressure situation hence the mistakes happens its football, my duty is to teach them control their tempers on and off the field”
From the start East Bengal were clear favorites to win the league, but their performances were not up to the mark as they had occasional hiccups unlike Chennai who had a smooth running from day one. Since the game against Gokulam Kerala the Red and Golss have rejuvenated and pulled of magnificent results.
“The players are playing in the style of play which I taught them, they are doing with ease and seldom commits mistakes in the field which gives me more confidence about them”. The former Real Madrid B team coach is happy to see his players play in the training ground and the players emulate what they have learnt in the practice ground.
Ménendez ended his press meet by saying, “We are confident to stop the Chennai City momentum” and signed off.