After returning victorious from the Indonesian peninsula, where East Bengal rode the resurgent tide of Semen Padang to qualify for the semi-finals of the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Cup, coach Marcos Falopa has refused to pull his foot off the pedal and instead, talked up the possibility of a taking down a tactically strong semi-final opponent in Kuwait SC.
Coach Falopa was casual in his observations noting, “The league in Kuwait is highly competitive. But if we play to our strength, anything can happen. I’m looking at a highly tactical game in Kuwait. Playing the second leg (of semifinals) at home is an advantage. This is why we must be focused on our job in the first leg.” He was ambushed by bouquet bearing fans.
“Yes, Sueoka will be missed. He will be out of action for at least 15 days. But the fact that we’ll play the second-leg at home is an advantage for us. If we can carve out something positive from our away tie, we should definitely be in with a very good chance,” explained Falopa to The Times of India.
On being queried if his team were still under the influences of ex-coach Trevor Morgan, Falopa dryly replied, “It’s my team now. And this team is growing up under me.”
Meanwhile, the AFC have enlightened East Bengal on on-going logistical problems which may force the Asian governing body to postpone the hosting of the first leg of the semi-final by a day. The original schedule listed the first leg of the tournament to be held on October 1st and the subsequent return leg on October 22nd at the Salt Lake Stadium.
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