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Super Cup 2018: Bengaluru FC's Albert Roca: I don't think about being favourites

4:33 PM SGT 19/4/18
Bengaluru FC Chennaiyin FC ISL 2017/18 final
Leading Bengaluru into their fourth final under his reign, Roca is optimistic of the Blues' potential to win the Super Cup

Bengaluru FC have to overcome East Bengal in the final of the 2018 Super Cup on Friday in order to maintain their track-record of winning at least one title in all of their seasons since their inception in 2013.

A win in the summit clash of the knock-out tournament at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, would mean winning the silverware with a 100 percent record.

"It will be a dream come true to win all the games and win the title. The important thing is to see the team making headlines again. We are ambitious and we want little bit more everytime. So let's hope for that," said Albert Roca, the Bengaluru head coach.

"The factor is that we got one less day to recover. That's not good for us. But all our players are excited. Tomorrow (Friday) our performance will not be affected due to heat. I trust my team how they shape. They will overcome the weather problem," he added.

Bengaluru FC made it to the final in virtue of beating Mohun Bagan 4-2 in the second semi-final on Tuesday, a day after East Bengal registered a solitary goal victory over FC Goa.

Reiterating the fact that they finished atop the league stage of the Indian Super League (ISL) before losing the final to Chennaiyin FC, Roca has shifted his focus to his side's fourth final under him after finishing runners-up to Air Force Club in the 2016 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Cup and winning the 2017 Federation Cup.

"We have to forget the ISL. We did a very good job there. We were eight points clear at the top. We have overcome that now and we are in the final of Super Cup. We have enough potential to win this title," the Bengaluru gaffer stated.

The Spaniard talked about the Super Cup final opponents and was particularly wary of the kind of threat Katsumi Yusa and Mahmoud Al Amna can pose.

"East Bengal are a very good side, very capable. We have to be very positive against them in the final tomorrow. They have good players. Katsumi is in a very good shape. They have Al Amna. He showed last year in Aizawl that he is one of the best foreigners to come to India. They have a balanced side. Let's see what happens."

Given the doubtful nature of Dudu Omagbemi's availibility for the final, Roca mentioned, "I don't know if Dudu will play or not. If he plays tomorrow we don't have (special) plans to mark him. Any player who is playing for East Bengal will give 100 per cent. We cannot be overconfident. Our mission is to execute our plans properly. 

"It's 50 per cent for East Bengal and 50 per cent for us. This is my mentality. I don't think about being favourites. We have to show on the pitch the mentality and score we have to be strong."

Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu represented East Bengal before his overseas stint with Norwegian side Stabaek FC.

"It's been around four years since I left East Bengal. I wouldn't be the player I am now without East Bengal. I am thankful to them. I am not thinking that I am playing against my former team. This is a new team and I am thinking about performing for Bengaluru FC. It will be a great occasion for us. Everytime we play we play for the fans. We want to win it for them," the India international expressed.