A day before the season's first Kolkata Derby, the coaches of both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal attended a press conference held at the Mohun Bagan tent. After drawing their opener against Minerva FC, Sanjoy Sen is looking forward to snatch three points against arch-rivals East Bengal but he would also go home happy with a point in the kitty.
"We will go for a win. If we fail to win, a draw won't be bad. But any point is important in the league as we have failed to regain the title in the last two seasons," said Sen.
The gaffer refused to believe that the Red and Golds are favourites and that his team are the underdogs.
"You have to respect the opponents but we are not underdogs," quipped Sen.
Emphasizing the need to get to winning ways, he said, "The first match, you can be excused but if you continue this in the upcoming games, you will suffer."
Sen has an illustrious record against his counterpart, Khalid Jamil as he has never lost a home encounter to the former Aizawl FC coach. But he brushed away the stat and instead focused on the importance of the game.
"I don't live in the past. I believe this will be a crucial game for both sides. This league is about points and I am guessing they too won't like to drop any," said the Maroon and Green coach.
Sen was accompanied by his star player Sony Norde, who agreed that playing against East Bengal is different but not something that will put him under pressure.
"I never play with pressure. Playing against East Bengal is different. We don't play with East Bengal the same we play against Lajong," said Norde.
"East Bengal's defence can be very bad against some other team but against us they can become very good. If the East Bengal coach sends three-to-four players to stop me, we have enough quality to make a difference on some other side of the field. I can score five goals tomorrow but if we concede seven then what is the point? It's not about me."
He believes that the game against Minerva is a thing of the past and vowed that his team would fight for the three points on Sunday.
"The team is looking good for the last four days. We are ready to fight and let's hope we keep the momentum on," said the Mohun Bagan skipper.
Both Katsumi Yusa and Eduardo Ferreira had played under Sen's tutelage at Mohun Bagan but will turn up in opposition's colours on Sunday.
"I wish Yusa and Edu all the best," concluded Sen.