The southern side will hope to iron out the flaws from the last game when they face the north eastern outfit…
Rangdajied United face Bengaluru FC in a must-win game for Santosh Kashyap’s outfit in a group B tie of the Federation Cup at the MDS Stadium, Manjeri.
The Blues from Shillong have come a long way since their 3-0 defeat to Bengaluru FC on matchday two of the I-League, which incidentally was the first victory ever tasted by the fledging club in the top division.
Against East Bengal, Rangdajied were the dominant side and should have possibly sealed three points but Kim Yong’s header struck the crossbar. With their foreign contingent being fit, probably for the first time this term, Kashyap is confident that his side can beat anyone.
“Although this is a tough group, I think anyone can beat anyone on a given day. It depends on how you perform. Against East Bengal, we played well and could have killed the game in the first half itself.
“We hope to continue our good work in the next game,” Kashyap observed.
Manandeep Singh remains a doubtful starter for Rangdajied after the knee injury he sustained in the last game. Kashyap would be buoyed with the fact that striker Edmar Figueria is finally getting back to his best as he tested the custodian on a couple of occasions in the last game.
Meanwhile, Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood would have no complaints with his strikers who have been on song as they scored five past Sporting Clube de Goa’s defense.
However what would surely concern the English coach is the manner in which his side almost capitulated in the final 15 minutes, conceding thrice. Fingers were pointed towards the usually sturdy defensive duo of John Johnson and Curtis Osano along with full backs, Rino Anto and Vishal Kumar as they couldn’t keep the attacks on check.
However it was the midfield trio of Darren Caldeira, Siam Hangal and Johnny Menyongar who allowed the opposition midfielders enough space to dictate play.
“We have another tough opponent in Rangdajied United who are coming on the back of a decent result against East Bengal. We are well aware that we need to at our best to try to get a result. Hopefully the boys will be full of confidence, especially since we scored five in our last game. It’s just important that we don’t get complacent because every game presents itself as a difficult task.
“The spirit in the camp is very good. The morale of the team is blossoming all the time and we are very happy with our preparations and facilities as we try as a club to leave no stone unturned. Hopefully, this gives us a good platform to continue our progress,” said Westwood.
It promises to be an intriguing battle as Kashyap’s side have it in them to surprise the favourites – a tag which Westwood doesn’t’ prefer attached to his team.
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