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Colaco: Title hopes are gone

Armando Colaco: I don’t think Bengaluru will slip-up

Colaco: Title hopes are gone

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The Indian gaffer of the Kolkata outfit admitted that the chances of his side to win the title are slim…

East Bengal coach Armando Colaco doesn’t believe Bengaluru FC will lose points when they face Dempo SC and Sporting Clube de Goa later this month.

Ahead of their penultimate tie of the season against Pune FC, the former India coach stated that it’s the champions are remembered and not the runner-up.

“I don’t think they (Bengaluru FC) will slip up and now they will be in the mood. It’s a game of football and anything can happen. I don’t want to depend on others. I wanted to depend on my team.

“Now it’s going to be very difficult. Nobody asks who are in the middle of the table; people only ask who the champions are and who is relegated. We just have to carry on,” said Colaco.

The 60-year old mentioned that it was imperative for the Red and Gold to have beaten Churchill Brothers in the midweek in order to put pressure on the league leaders.

“It’s gone. If we were to win against Churchill, something would have happened. Right from the beginning it was tough and everybody is trying their level best to win.”

Lalit Thapa was the star for the Goan giants who pulled off a string of saves in order to ensure that they picked three crucial points in the battle to avoid the drop.

“He (Thapa) saved two or three chances. It does help. He got the confidence for them. I told my boys that Churchill are a very strong side, they play 4-4-2 and keep the ball. We also didn’t play our normal game and everybody went to score a goal. They took the advantage.

“Travelling and playing with injuries have also hurt All the boys are putting in the best. If Lalit Thapa was not to save, things would have been different .We also missed the chances. We dint play at all (in the first half). Usually the game we play we were not able to play that way. And that goal (Raju Yumnam strike) let us down. I’m disappointed.”