Marcos Falopa: Winning the I-League is our target

The Brazilian coach prefers playing at the Salt Lake Stadium as opposed to Kalyani...

Marcos Falopa was pleased with his team’s performance in the 2-0 victory over Bengaluru FC as East Bengal registered their second victory in the I-League campaign from three matches.

An own goal by Robin Singh at the start of the second half and James Moga’s strike at the death was enough to hand Bengaluru their first defeat this term.

"I am happy with the performance, especially as we had three points. The boys were stressed and we also had to do a lot of travelling. I had complete faith in them,” he said.

"They (Bengaluru FC) are a very good side, but I also had my plans ready. I have also faced (Sunil) Chhetri when I was the coach of Myanmar. My defense was also superb,” he added.

Chidi Edeh didn’t have the best of outings as he missed a couple of chances and would often give away the possession in the attacking third. However Falopa shielded the Nigerian from the barbs aimed at him.

"Chidi was not poor. He worked hard in the midfield as well and I have the faith that he will make improvement in the next few matches,” he mentioned.

With their dream run in the AFC Cup coming to an end in the midweek, Falopa stated that his team wants to win the league title and end their barren run in the I-League.

"Now that the AFC Cup is over, I-League is our target,” he said.

The field at Kalyani stadium was marshy due to the heavy downpour and the former Myanmar coach explained his intention behind the substitution of Harmanjot Khabra and as to why he prefers to play at the Salt Lake Stadium.

"Khabra just got back from injury and a field like this could hamper his comeback. That's why I took him off as a precaution. Since I am from Brazil, I always love to play on natural grass. But since the field was same for both the teams, we didn't get any extra advantage."

"The travelling to Kalyani is very hectic. I will talk to the club to play the clubs at Salt Lake, so that more supporters can also come to watch the game. I have nothing against Kalyani as they have a very good natural turf, but the travelling part is very tough."

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