There was no need to rest players - East Bengal coach Marcos Falopa

Falopa laid the blame on the media for trying to cook things up as the on-field performances of the club suggest otherwise...
East Bengal dominated Shillong Lajong in a one-sided encounter where the away side secured a 4-0 victory at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Shillong.

The coach of the Kolkata club, Marcos Falopa was pleased with his side's performance given the control they had on the proceedings.

"I think we started well, Shillong is a good team, have good players and the match was tough from the beginning. Shillong did better in the beginning but our team had the control. We had  some good play, good possession and some good individual performances which helped us win the game. We did a good job," he said.

The Brazilian coach felt there was no need to rest players, namely Mehtab Hossain, Saumik Dey, Gurpreet Sandhu, Arnab Mondal and Naoba Singh, ahead of the tie against Lajong as their next outing is after a week or so when they face a struggling Dempo SC.

"No. There was no need to rest players. We have a few more days to prepare. Now the players go for the puja (Durga Puja). The players have been training very hard and we hope to put in a better performance against Dempo after that we play the AFC Cup."

Falopa went on to clear the air about the controversy that involved the issue of the players being unhappy in conforming to his ideas a month or so before.

"I didn't have any problem in the beginning," said Falopa and alleged that the press made up the debacle. "The press made [up] the problems. I met the team when I came. I tried [different combinations]. I have the explanations to do that. They (press) say something which is not true. Now they can come here and see if it works or doesn't work.

"It should be understood that the importance of the group is what makes a good match and I wish 'happy puja' to our supporters."

The 64-year-old named a few of his excelling performers among the East Bengal camp and revealed his interest in returning to Shillong, while he wished everyone on the festival of Durga Puja.

"Captain (Uga Okpara), [Edeh] Chidi, [James] Moga, [Joaquim] Abranches, [Cavin] Lobo...they work very hard, but we have the whole group who showed that they are good fighters. Not only me as the coach, but the players work very hard.

"Shillong is a nice city. I'd like to come back here and have a good match. Happy Puja to all of you," he signed off.

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