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  • 16 April 2014
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  • • Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Fatorda Stadium), Margao, Goa
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Churchill Brothers - East Bengal Preview: Colaco's side need a win to put pressure on Bengaluru

Churchill Brothers - East Bengal Preview: Colaco's side need a win to put pressure on Bengaluru

Anselm Noronha/GOAL

Colaco and Bhowmick face their former sides and hope to yield a positive result for their respective teams at opposite ends of the table...

Churchill Brothers face an uphill task when they play host to an in-form East Bengal side on Wednesday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa.

The reigning champion’s chances of surviving the drop look slim following their woeful performance in the 4-2 defeat to Mumbai FC. It wasn’t just the display on field as Daniell Zeleny didn’t take kindly to being substituted as he exchanged words with the technical staff before choosing to watch the rest of the game from the stands.  Abdelhamid Shabana followed suit by heading straight to the dressing room.

Their run-in isn’t easy as they face United Sports Club and Salgaocar FC. Subhash Bhowmick knows that his team needs to get their act together against his former side with whom he achieved unprecedented success both as a player and a manager.

“We have to forget the loss versus Mumbai FC and now concentrate on trying to get all three points against a good East Bengal side. I believe the boys are capable of putting up a good show and getting all three points in a very important match,” said coach Mariano Dias.

With a mere 19 points from 21 games, they have no room for error any more following Mohammedan Sporting’s victory last weekend.

East Bengal seem to have finally found their bearings this season as they come into the tie on the back of three consecutive victories. They need to win in order to move within a point of league leaders, Bengaluru FC.

Armando Colaco has finally got his combination right and the the results only suggest the same.

“Earning all three points is vital. The morale of the players is high and I am confident they will play to win.

“Churchill Brothers have not been faring too well and are low in confidence at the moment, but we cannot afford to relax. We have to work hard and turn on the pressure,” he said.

Chdi Edeh seems in fine form and Ryuji Sueoka is showing his best form being the orchestrator of most of their attacks.

The Kolkata outfit have never won the I-League title and in order to do so, they need to win their three matches and hope that Bengaluru fail to win at least one of their two away fixtures.

For now, Wednesday will see a clash of two teams with different ambitions.

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