"Now as per the table positions, many teams are struggling," he observed. "It is not that there is a far distance [from the mid-table teams] like last year HAL SC was far behind. This time teams like Salgaocar are also with us."
HAL SC were 12 points short of their relegated partners Chirag United Kerala in the 2011-12 season of the I-League, and 16 less than Mumbai FC who made it within the safe zone last term.
"So the league is still open. Anybody can go on top, anybody can go down. Nobody can say that ONGC is fixed for relegation. We still have time to recover," Bhattacharya added.
He continued to maintain that ONGC has a very good scope to survive. "Positive mood should be there. There are another 15 matches. 15 matches means 45 [possible] points, so there is a very good scope to survive."
Subrata Bhattacharya also feels that his side should have been a bit aggresive in order to pick their second three points of the season against Salgaocar which ended goalless.
"I should be happy," he said, "because after losing points [in previous matches], we got one point today. We could have got three points. If we (ONGC) were a bit aggresive, the three points could have come our way.
"Now I see that Salgaocar was totally unsettled [against ONGC on Friday] without Luciano [Sobrosa]. It could have been better if we got the three points," he mentioned.
"So far I saw their (Salgaocar) match against Dempo also, but they released many players and now they want to create a new dynamic balance. It will take time, and again I repeat, there was scope to take three points here," he added.
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