The former Indian footballer refuses to rule out the threat of a serious challenge by a weakened Dempo side...ONGC FC coach Subrata Bhattacharya is unwilling to underestimate the effect of injuries to Dempo SC before the two sides meet in a round six I-League clash on Friday.
The Goan side will be missing the services of Koko Sakibo, Mahesh Gawli, Joaquim Abranches, who are all injured for the tie, while Rohan Ricketts is reportedly suffering from food poisoning.
"Dempo is not a team that depends on a particular player," he told Goal.com ahead of the match. "Dempo is a system that is all about team work."
He continued: "You cannot focus on a particular individual when you are playing against Dempo. You have to beat the entire team collectively. Armando Colaco (Dempo coach) has already proved in the past, and now also, that he does not depend on any one or two players."
Bhattacharya also confirmed that a full strength ONGC team is available to face Dempo. "No changes, no injuries. I will have a full strength 11," he informed.
Despite being placed at the bottom of the standings after five rounds of the I-League, the ONGC coach further defended his side's performance.
"Nobody comes to the field to lose. As a coach, I know how important it is to earn points. I think ONGC did not play badly throughout the league so far. We only failed against Churchill Brothers. After the match I had said that my favourite team of this year is Churchill [Brothers].
"ONGC is also a good team. My boys work very hard and I have total faith in each and every one of them (players)," he added.
Bhattacharya went on to provide an instance of his side's capability to change the game in their favour. "Even against Air India, the boys showed a lot of character to come back from 3-0 to score two goals very quickly, but they (Air India) scored one more and won the match.
"Sometimes, you see, it is only the chance factor. Everyday (in every match) we create chances to score which we have to convert into results," he concluded.
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