Subhasish Bose - For us the Asian Cup is like the World Cup

The former Mohun Bagan defender wishes to come back to Kolkata if the city giants join the Indian Super League...

Subhasish Bose was one of the best Indian defenders in the Indian Super League (ISL) last season. The 22-year-old was an integral part of the Bengaluru FC side which reached the final of ISL, won the Super Cup and also qualified for the AFC Cup knockout stages.

His performance in the left-back position for Bengaluru earned him his maiden call in the Indian national team. Most recently, Bose made his international debut against Chinese Taipei in the Intercontinental Cup. After just a year with Bengaluru FC, the Bengali has opted to switch his allegiances to Mumbai City FC on a two-year contract.

In an interview with Goal, the former Mohun Bagan player spoke about his breakout season. He said, “For me last season was wonderful. You can say it was a dream season. It was the best season so far in my entire football career. I played so many matches for Bengaluru FC and also made my international debut. We reached the final of ISL but unfortunately couldn’t win it."

After impressing at Sporting de Goa first, Bose continued to do so at Mohun Bagan during the 2016/17 I-League season. Under coach Sanjoy Sen, the youngster became in their starting XI. His consistent performance in the Green and Maroon jersey caught Bengaluru FC’s who picked him in the 2017 ISL draft.

Subashish Bose Bengaluru FC Mohun Bagan I-League 2017

On asked about his improvement in the past season, Subhasish mentioned, “Personally I have improved a lot at Bengaluru FC under coach Albert Roca. 

"Both Sanjoy Sen and Albert Roca are very good coaches. Sanjay Sen gave me first-team football on a regular basis at Mohun Bagan and I am thankful to him for that. Roca also gave me a lot of opportunities. Both are different coaches with different styles. I tried to deliver according to their systems.”

On his experience in the national side and on working with Stephen Constantine, he had only words of praise for the former Rwanda boss. "It is every footballer's dream to represent his country. The first day I wore the Indian jersey and took the field it was exceptional. I cannot express that feeling in words.

“I am thankful to Stephen Constantine who gave me the opportunity to represent India. He is a great coach who brings out the best in me.”

His immediate target is to represent the country in the upcoming Asian Cup which he equates to a World Cup. “For us, the Asian Cup is like the World Cup. We will try our best to perform at such a big stage. I am working hard on my fitness and trying to improve my game. There is competition in my position but I try to give my best every time I take the field.”

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On the comparison between ISL and the I-League, Subhasish suggested, “In ISL, we get to play with better quality foreign players which help us Indian players improve our game. Also, there are very good coaches in ISL.”

Before signing off the Bengali defender mentioned that he still misses the madness which surrounds football in Kolkata and hopes to come back to the City of Joy.

He said, "Of course I want to come back to Kolkata. It is my home city, my family is there. If Mohun Bagan and East Bengal join the ISL and an opportunity comes, I will definitely come back to Kolkata. Fans in Kolkata are crazy about football. I miss these fans.”