Trevor Morgan - 'Just because we are East Bengal, it doesn't give us the right to win the game'

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The East Bengal gaffer made it clear that this would be a different side from the one that drew against Aizawl in Kolkata...

East Bengal are all set to take on Aizawl in a return leg fixture of the I-League on Monday. 

The two sides had kicked off the season with an entertaining 1-1 draw in Kolkata where Aizawl led for the majority of the time, only to see Ivan Bukenya's late goal cancel it out. 

Zohmingliana Ralte East Bengal FC Aizawl FC I-League 2016

Since then, both teams have performed ever so well with the Red and Golds leading the pack while the North-Eastern side are close on their heels at third spot. 

Aizawl boss, Khalid Jamil however was under no illusions and accepted that it would be a tough contest taking on Trevor Morgan's side but said they would be looking to get a positive result.

"Tomorrow is a difficult game, no doubt. If you want to get a positive result, you have to give your best. Not only one player, but all the players," he opined.

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However the former Mumbai boss said that while they would be careful, they would not take any special steps for the encounter.

"We are preparing normally, how we prepare for all the matches, nothing different, but we have to be careful," he said.

Trevor Morgan meanwhile was humble and said that his side were not guaranteed anything and they would need to fight for every point.

"Nothing is easy in football. Just because we are East Bengal, it doesn't give us the right to win the game," he remarked.

East Bengal FC Aizawl FC I-League 2016

The opposition gaffer came in for special praise as he had engineered a turnaround this season.

"Aizawl has played very well. Khalid has done a great job, compared to where they were last season," he commented.

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East Bengal lined up with a 4-2-3-1 in the first game of the season with Mohammed Rafique as the lone striker but Morgan's current team has a vastly different look to it. 

"In the first game of the season, we played a system we don't usually like to play but had to play because of the personnel. The team will be completely different tomorrow," he asserted. 

Lalrindika Ralte who has been in fine form also came in for adulation from the Englishman, "Ralte is a good servant of the club. He has never let us down. He is a good man and a good player and I have all the time for him."

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Morgan hinted at making changes to the side while dismissing remarks about Robin Singh's poor form saying he had five strikers (Robin Singh, Willis Plaza, Thongkhosiem Haokip, Mohammed Rafique, Chris Payne) for two available positions. 

"We have got five players for two positions so there is always pressure. The one who performs gets into the team," he concluded. 

Kickoff is at 2.05 PM IST.

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