Two coaches who love to play ‘pass-and-move’ style of football come face-to-face at the Nehru Stadium…
Dempo SC play host to Armando Colaco’s East Bengal in an I-League encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa on Sunday evening.
The Goan outfit registered a 2-0 victory over Rangdajied United last weekend but struggled a bit in the second half as they were pegged back with the north eastern side looking to come back into the tie after the break.
Coach Arthur Papas is finally pleased with the talent he has at his disposal and more importantly, the options he can know choose from.
The addition of Tolgay Ozbey and Haroon Amiri has further strengthened them up. The Australian’s link-up play coupled with the Afghanistan international’s defensive solidity has made them even more versatile with the two players being capable to play in multiple positions. Peter Carvalho is set to miss the game as he is recovering from an injury.
"East Bengal are a good side but it is our home match. and we would like to pick up maximum points from this match," said coach Arthur Papas.
It will be interesting to see the reception fans reserve for Dempo legend Armando Colaco who was a top player and more importantly, led the club to their most successful era in the last decade or so until the end of last season.
On the other hand, East Bengal find themselves in poor form as they never took their chances against Churchill Brothers in a 0-0 draw in the midweek.
Following the draw, Colaco mentioned that he isn’t able to implement his style of football at the club as there isn’t much time for him to do so and that it can be done only if he is allowed to stay on for a full season. The absence of defender Uga Okpara has made them defensively susceptible.
"It is a must win situation for us," said Colaco.
The team lacks cohesiveness and that was apparent when Colaco spoke of the presence of a few selfish players within his squad who prefer to shoot, instead of opting to pass for a team-mate who is in a better position.
James Moga and Chidi Edehs presence upfront means that the players are often inclined to choose the aerial route – which isn’t the most pleasing brand of football to watch.
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