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The Dutch coach believes that the standard of the I-League has gone several notches higher from the last term…

Eelco Schattorie hasn’t been a fan of Mumbai FC’s style of play. During his stint with United Sports Club, he was vocal about his aversion for the tactics employed by Khalid Jamil. However he is quick to praise the Mumbai FC gaffer after he saw a change in their brand of football lately.

“Last year I criticized Mumbai FC a few times. I saw at the Federation Cup and in the I-League, Khalid (Jamil) playing much more positive football and that’s worth a compliment,” he opined.

“The level of I-League is higher than last year. There are better foreigners, the tempo of playing is higher and less long ball play, more foreign coaches and I see more young talents getting a chance,” he added.

Schattorie picked Bengaluru FC, East Bengal and Sporting Clube de Goa when asked as to who would win the I-League this season. He added that the southern side’s reign at the top could come to an abrupt end.

“Bengaluru has the best chances I think because no pressure and their only focus was the I-League and Federation Cup. On the other hand, it's unthinkable a team stays on top all season. Every team will get a setback.

“I do hope that East Bengal wins its matches as they have less to catch up. They have the best team and hope all players get fit. Sporting Clube de Goa is interesting and we have to see how they get out of the deception after losing the Federation Cup final. All other teams I don't see any chance.”

Schattorie hasn’t yet been approached by any club but he hasn’t ruled out coming back to India again.

“No club has approached me and I spoken to no one. First I go on a holiday and see what my future will be. Coming back to India is certainly an option and I keep the door wide open.”

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