Bruzon knows that his team are on a roll and in their way stand Kashyap and RUFC who are in no mood to ‘roll over and die’
Round Six of the I-League pits the rising force of Sporting Clube De Goa against the relegation zoned Rangdajied United in a contentious tie that is sure to have the viewers rooting for their side with vigour.
Oscar Bruzon Barreras, Spanish coach of the Goan side, has so far carried out his revolution at the Flaming Oranje without much hoolah. His side remain a modest fifth, but looking plainly at their league position belies a bigger plot to the story.
Since the start of the season, Sporting have lost just one game, drawing one and winning two. Most importantly, they won against Mohun Bagan in their last encounter, a match in which they established their superiority as a force to be reckoned with.
A win will put them possibly in the top three. Yet this is a major step forward for a side that wasn’t considered to change the order too significantly. Part of their revelation is down to the fact that their stars have fired.
Boima Karpeh and Dawson Fernandes are on song, as the former scored two in his previous game. Fernandes is their leading scorer. Jovel Martins on the wing is by all means a livewire and Gonzalo Hinojal is finding his feet at the Goan club, turning in key defensive performances.
Sporting Goa have the best away record as well, a fact not too often highlighted, having played all their games away, so far, this season. Bruzon will likely have a full squad at his disposal, aiming for nothing but that top spot.
Rangdajied on the other hand need to buckle up. Their performances have been sub-par and were expected to put up a lot more fight than they actually have.
They had a poor defensive record, having conceded 11 goals in five games. They have an equally poor scoring record, netting three in five. Eugeneson Lyngdoh has been their best performer so far, with the influential midfielder and captain of his side churning in brilliant performances, although, they have gone in vain so far.
Compounding their misery is that they were thumped in spectacular fashion by fellow strugglers Mohammedan Sporting at home. Currently in freefall, morale seems to be a problem, with fatigue likely to play a key factor due to heavy travelling.
Santosh Kashyap, Indian coach of the Shillong side, has made it clear they need to improve and fast. They currently lie a sorry thirteenth (last), knowing full well that another loss will only pit them deeper into relegation duels.
Kashyap’s squad face no injuries and he will be thankful for that.
RUFC and Sporting Clube de Goa have never played against each other in the I-League so far and by all accounts of premonition, Sporting will walk the cake with this one. Anything but a home win is inconceivable.
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