Bengaluru FC ran out 4-0 winners against MEG in a friendly as they stepped up their preparation for the crucial AFC Cup quarterfinal two-legged tie against Singapore’s Tampines Rovers in September.
Indian national team and club captain Sunil Chhetri got on the scoresheet, while young forward Daniel Lalhlimpuia scored a brace. India under-19 defender Gursimrat Singh Gill, who is on a trial with the Blues also impressed with a goal.
MEG is a club that plies its trade in the Bangalore Super Division. This was only Bengaluru’s second friendly of the season, as they had previously defeated Army Green 3-0 in their first game under head coach Albert Roca on August 13th.
Former Barcelona assistant coach, Albert Roca has identified the need to play friendlies for preparing for the AFC Cup quarterfinals due to a lack of competitive football at the club at the moment. Though, these victories show Bengaluru’s superiority in the city; the main purpose of these games is to help Bengaluru be ready physically in what is to come in three weeks’ time against the Rovers, who are sitting pretty at second in the S-League and are playing competitive games week-in, week-out.
The last time Bengaluru faced MEG was in a Bangalore Super Division match in the 2015-16 season, when the Blues steamrolled their recent opponents 6-1. But, MEG eventually finished third in the league, one place above Bengaluru who had a poor 2015-16 season in Bangalore’s top division, by their standards.