I-League 2017: Albert Roca - Churchill have players to trouble Bengaluru FC

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The former FC Barcelona assistant focused on the match in Goa more tougher in comparison to their 1-2 loss in Kolkata against East Bengal...

All might be not lost for Bengaluru FC head coach Albert Roca following his first defeat in the I-League last weekend. It is redemption time for the Blues against Churchill Brothers on Thursday evening in the 2017 I-League season.

" We want to get back to our winning ways again. We know how difficult tomorrow’s game is going to be. It will be even harder than it was against Kolkata (East Bengal). You don't get too much time to prepare for games in this league. But for everybody, it is the same. If we want to get something, we need to go and try to get it. We need to work hard and run a lot if we want to win."

Dropping three points meant losing four points off the top (Mohun Bagan though have a game in hand). The Spaniard also made the gathered press understand why the Goans will be a difficult side to handle.

"Churchill Brothers needs points and we can see that it will be difficult for us. Both teams want to win. But Churchill have good players to create trouble for us."

Even though Bengaluru got the better of East Bengal in the first half, the Kolkata side won the tactical battle as they won more of the ball in the second half. This took Bengaluru by surprise and they could not ever recover from the change of strategy by Tervor Morgan last Sunday.

" I can’t disclose how we are going to play tomorrow. But the way that we play, we will not change a lot. We cannot play long balls and we have tried always more or less to play our game. It all depends on situations but we have to win the ball back quick and prevent the counterattacks. It is going to be tough. But we are ready for the battle."

The defending champions, who won their second title in three seasons have a reputation to maintain and there is a lot riding on the IT City-based team when they take to the field, argued Roca.

"​People expect more from us, then it's good. We have to wake up and make some corrections. We are on that way now. We don’t want to think too much or cry about the last result and I will see how my team reacts. We are not coming here thinking that it will be an easier game," he concluded.

On the other hand, Churchill Brothers' stand-in manager Alfred Fernandes sounded quite boosted up.

“We are looking forward to our home match and they are coming from a loss while we are coming from a draw. So some positives are there and maybe their confidence can be low after that defeat. We have some tactical plans on how to contain them and since they are such a strong team with quality players, we have to come up with something extra."

"Our confidence is very high after our last match because we came from a goal down and we nearly upset DSK Shivajians. In the last ten minutes, we were literally camping in their area. Sometimes luck has to be on your side. Hopefully, tomorrow luck is on our side. We have been playing against the best teams and we are not intimidated,” the Goan signed off.


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