As East Bengal gear up to face Churchill Brothers at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Goa, The Red and Golds' head coach Trevor Morgan insisted that his team has to be prepared for a tough battle against the home side. He expressed, " I saw Churchill's game against Mumbai and I thought they were very unlucky to lose. They lost to a very late goal and now they will be looking to win their first game. We are expecting nothing less than a very very difficult match."
But the Briton did assert that his team was relaxed and in a positive frame of mind ahead of the game. He said, "Our preparation has been good. Coming on the back of a win in the last game, we have trained well. The players are relaxed, ahead of a tough game tomorrow."
The former Dempo coach also touched upon the selection headaches ahead of him as a result of a big and strong squad available to him. "We have a very strong squad at the moment. We've got 25 players vying for the 10 outfield positions, which is always going to be competitive. We have a squad which is working very hard in order to pick up the way we want them to play," he said.
"We got our whole squad together only 72 hours before we played our first game. We managed to get through that and although it was a draw against Aizawl. Since then, our squad has been strengthened. We've got all of our four foreigners available tomorrow. So, it is going to be hard for me to pick a squad for tomorrow's game," he added.
Morgan also called upon his Trinidadian striker Willis Plaza, who scored a goal against DSK Shivajians last weekend, to keep on working and not rest on his laurels. " (Willis) Plaza, he played about half an hour against Aizawl after only 24 hours after a long flight to India. Then, we've had him in training for a bit and he looks like somebody who can get the goals. But he can't rest on what happened last week. He just needs to keep performing now. He certainly looks like someone who can score goals for us."
Before he concluded the interaction, the former Kerala Blasters assistant coach touched upon the subject of I-League and the ISL. He explained, "They're both the top leagues in India when they are running. When ISL is on, it is the top league and when it is over, I-League is the best. Yes, there are more foreign players in the ISL and the players stay in 5-star hotels. The I-League's not like that. The teams have a budget to look at here. It's a good time to be a footballer in India now. If you play well in this league, you will be picked up by ISL teams."