Bhubaneswar: Kolkata giants East Bengal would like to maintain their winning run and assure themselves a final spot when they face a depleted FC Goa in the Super Cup semifinal at the Kalinga Stadium, Monday.
On paper, this might be the easiest knock-out match the Red and Golds has ever encountered, given that more than half a dozen key players from the opposition side will be missing but coach Khalid Jamil is in no mood to take them lightly as he made his players focus more on set pieces and spot kicks besides the normal training at the practice session, Sunday.
“It’s true that Goa will be missing some of their main players but we can’t take them lightly. They will be starting with some players who haven’t got many matches this season and it’s very dangerous against an unknown quantity,” Jamil said, who played under his counterpart Derrick Pereira in Mahindra United in 2005.
Much of the focus will be on Nigerian striker Dudu Omagbemi again while Mahmoud Al Amna and Katsumi Yusa remain the focal points for all the creativity in the side.
On the other hand, it is the first time for Pereira in his 18-year managerial career that he will be without nine of his main team players. While five of them are out because of suspension, the other four players are out with injuries.
“We have 14 players at the moment including two goalkeepers and there are lots of things which are going on in my mind right now,” Pereira stated. However, he is confident that his players will put up their best.
“I am confident that whoever takes the field tomorrow (Monday) will give their best. We have had a very good team throughout the season. Tomorrow is their day and they need to perform to achieve results,” Pereira added. Spanish Ferran Corominnas will play a vital role in Goa’s scheme of things while Manvir Singh is another player top look out for.
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