ISL 2017: Miguel Angel - Bengaluru are one of the favourites for the championship

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The Delhi Dynamos coach feels the match against Bengaluru will be a good test for his side...

Delhi Dynamos kicked off their Indian Super League (ISL) 2017 campaign with a 3-2 win over FC Pune City a few days ago. It was a splendid performance from Miguel Angel Portugal's side in attack but their defensive frailties were exposed as his side conceded two goals after taking a three-goal lead.

His side come up against Bengaluru FC who won their first game of the season as they defeated Mumbai City FC on their home ground. 

The Spanish coach lauded the Bengaluru side for their consistency on the pitch and singled them out as one of the favourites to lift the trophy this season. 

"They score against most teams at home and it’s good. It’s a team that is consistent, solid, compact. It also boasts of a good defensive department as well as a decent attack. They are a very important team and one of the favourites for the championship," he said. 

Miguel though has full confidence in the abilities of his players as he believes that all the pre-season training will start to show its results on the pitch soon. 

"Winning in Pune was not easy. The team form was good and for that I had confidence in my team. The next match against Bengaluru will be a good test for the team. I trained them to start the season well. Now I think it’s working. They have to answer against Bengaluru. I have confidence in them." 

Bengaluru and Delhi both like to play a possession-based game. Delhi had a lion's share of the possession against Pune but Miguel Angel knows it won't be as easy against Bengaluru.

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"Bengaluru is different as Albert Roca is a good coach and we play similar styles. Ball possession will definitely not be very easy because Bengaluru too will also fight for it. I think whoever will score the first goal will go on to the win." 

The coach though was not very happy about the fact that his side will play the second consecutive away game in the span of four days while hosts Bengaluru has had a full week to prepare for the clash. He was quite clearly disillusioned by the difference in rest periods for the clubs.

"I don’t understand why in this league, normally, in all competitions, all teams have the same amount of break. I think on another occasion, I will have seven days and the opponent will have lesser number of days." 

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