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East Bengal head coach Alejandro Menendez- I-League will be very tough this season

17:46 EAT 02/12/2019
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East Bengal's Spanish boss Alejandro Menendez is aware of the tough competition in this year's I-League..

East Bengal begin their I-League 2019-20 journey with a tricky home fixture against Real Kashmir FC on Wednesday at the Kalyani Stadium, Kolkata. 

Ahead of their first fixture, East Bengal head coach Alejandro Menendez said, "The players are really motivated. They are excited to start. We are working in the best way we can. The team is training very well. The first thing we have to do is to try and win the game on Wednesday."

The Spaniard accepts that Real Kashmir will be a threat despite the match being played at home.

"Real Kashmir is a really strong team. This team was challenging for the title even during the final rounds of the I-League last season. They are a very competitive team and they are one of the most difficult teams that we will face. I think the league will be very tough and competitive this season. And all the teams more or less on the same level."

Last season, the Red and Golds fell short of the champions Chennai City FC by a point and finished second. Alejandro believes they can improve on their performance. "This season, the teams, the players, all have quality. We are a team against whom everybody else wants to win.

"We have been training a lot. I think we are prepared. On Wednesday we have to try and get the three points. We will try and win as many games as we can for the fans."