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Football ISL: Bengaluru, NorthEast aim to keep unbeaten streak intact

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Fatorda Goa:  Bengaluru and NorthEast United will look to keep their unbeaten streak intact when they face each other in the Hero Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium, here on Tuesday.

Both teams are coming off morale-boosting wins. Bengaluru notched up their first win of the campaign against Chennaiyin while NorthEast got back to winning ways with a victory over  East Bengal after two straight draws.

The match will pit Bengaluru’s defence against NorthEast’s attack. While the Blues have been solid at the back, they are yet to score from open play. The Highlanders, on the other hand, have scored in every game they have played so far.

Bengaluru coach Carles Cuadrat knows his team is in for a tough match, but stated that he had all the confidence in his team’s abilities. “It’s going to be a very tactical match because they are a very well-organised team,” he said. “In three games, we have two clean sheets. I think we are showing a lot of consistency in defence. We look like a very well-organised team.” 

“During my time as Bengaluru coach, we have only lost one time against Chennai, we have never lost against Goa. What I mean is that it’s very clear that we are a very consistent team with a clear plan. It’s very difficult to play against us. At the same time, we know that we have room for improvement and that is what we are trying to do,” Cuadrat said.

NEU coach Gerard Nus too is planning to play to his team’s strengths and will not change the way they play on Tuesday. “There are things that are principal to our style that we will not change because we believe in those. There are things that we will have to take into consideration regarding the opponents. So obviously it’s a mix,” he said.

NEU have never beaten their opponents in the league stage before and on current form, this is a great opportunity for Nus to set that record straight. But he is not underestimating his opponents despite their less-than-stellar start to the season. “The truth is that Bengaluru won the title two years ago. They were in the playoffs last season. That tells you already how good they are. 

“They’re a massive side. I’m really concerned about the game tomorrow because we did not have a long time to prepare. We played two days ago. But it doesn’t matter. That’s the way it is and we are going to fight from the first minute till the last,” he said.

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Football ISL: East Bengal looking for their first win as they take on NorthEast United

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Goa: After two successive defeats, East Bengal will look to register their first win as they take on NorthEast United  in the Hero Indian Super League at the Tilak Maidan, on Saturday.

Coach Robbie Fowler ‘s  East Bengal  is yet to score in the league and have conceded 5 goals in their opening two fixtures. 

The former Liverpool striker believes that it was individual errors that cost his side the points. “In all honesty, I will love to have them (more reinforcement) in all areas of the park. But I can’t complain because we have what we have. Individual errors have cost us,” Fowler said.

Meanwhile NorthEast will aim to carry on with their positive start to the season.  “We want to compete. We are going in a good direction. We have to improve a lot. The goal for this season is to be competitive. We have to take one game at a time. We will do everything we can to win,” said coach Gerard Nus.

NorthEast United might have a lot going for them but the one area that is a concern is scoring from open play. Three of the four goals that Highlanders have scored are from set-pieces.

“We are working to create chances from open play and set-pieces,” said Nus. “We will not have only one plan. We are focussing on ourselves. We watched them (East Bengal) play and they did not have the results they wanted. But they are going to be difficult and a threat to us. It will be a tough game. We know how good they are with the ball. They are well organised during set-pieces. We are going to stop them and create chances against them. That’s the plan.”

“We have many new faces. We have six foreign players and many Indians who are new. This is a short season. We have established a plan since day one. We have started to bring in tactical ideas,” added Nus.

With both sides letting their opponents have most of the ball in their previous matches and preferring to attack on the counter, Saturday’s clash will make for interesting viewing.

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Football ISL: Last-ditch penalty helps Mumbai pip Goa

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Fatorda, Goa: For the longest time, it looked like Mumbai City were going to be frustrated by  Goa but then, at the very death, Adam Le Fondre stepped up and fired in a penalty to ensure that visitors  got the better of the home team in their Hero Indian Super League  encounter at the Fatorda Stadium on Wednesday.

Sergio Lobera  coached  Mumbai  had played much of the match with a man-advantage after Redeem Tlang got a first-half red card. But dogged defending from Goa and Mumbai’s own lack of fluency looked to be taking the match to a draw.

Then, at the very death, Adam Le Fondre stepped up and fired in a penalty to ensure that Lobera got the better of his former team.

Lobera made three changes to the side that lost to NorthEast United. Bartholomew Ogbeche and Mohamad Rakip dropped to the bench with Ahmed Jahouh suspended following his red card. Amey Ranawde, Cy Stephen Goddard and Mourtada Fall all came into the starting XI.

Goa coach Juan Ferrando named an attacking team. Left-back Saviour Gama was back in the side after a suspension while Tlang and Alberto Noguera were selected ahead of Princeton Rebello and Jorge Ortiz.

The Gaurs had the first chance in the eighth minute when Noguera found Igor Angulo with a low cross, but the latter’s poor first touch let him down. Mumbai played with intent with Le Fondre constantly troubling Goa’s left flank. But they couldn’t convert their dominance into chances as they failed to record a single shot on goal in the first session.

The Gaurs then suffered a huge blo coachedw in the 40th minute when Tlang was shown red for his two-footed tackle on Hernan Santana.

Surprisingly, it was Goa who started more aggressively in the second half. They nearly took the lead just after the restart when Angulo sprinted in the box, only to see his shot narrowly miss the post.

At the other end, Goa keeper Mohammed Nawaz almost gifted Mumbai a goal. His last-ditch clearance brushed the onrushing Le Fondre, but the touch wasn’t enough to send the ball to the back of the net.

With less than a quarter to go, Mandar Rao Dessai squandered a great chance. Le Fondre’s low shot was met by the left-back, but with just the keeper at his mercy, his touch proved too heavy, sending the ball over the post.

After constant knocking, Mumbai were finally awarded a penalty in the 5th minute of stoppage time after Lenny Rodrigues handled Bipin Singh’s header. Le Fondre’s powerful drive gave Nawaz, who dived in the right direction, no chance.  
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Football ISL: It is a fresh start insists Odisha’s Baxter ahead of Hyderabad clash

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Suresh Wangjam of Bengaluru FC and Lenny Rodrigues of FC Goa in action during match 3 of the 7th season of the Hero Indian Super League between FC Goa and Bengaluru FC held at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa, India on the 22nd November 2020 Photo by Faheem Hussain / Sportzpics for ISL

Bambolim, Goa: A fresh start will be the mantra for both Odisha  and Hyderabad  as the two sides face each other in the Hero Indian Super League Season 7, at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim on Monday.

Both teams had seasons to forget the last term. Hyderabad ended a miserable campaign, losing 12 games and conceding 39 goals. While Odisha did manage to do the double over their opponents, they too did not fare too well, letting in 31 goals

But these stats are just a number for Odisha coach Stuart Baxter. “That’s history and it doesn’t help anybody. We’ve got two new teams now. They’ve got new players and we also got new players so things have changed at both ends. We will be playing a new Hyderabad,” Baxter stressed.

Baxter has attractive options in attack, with the signing of Brazilian striker Diego Mauricio and the capture of Marcelinho from Hyderabad — both players capable of changing the game in an instant. But the English coach reiterated that his game plan involved a lot more than just relying on individual players to produce moments of magic. “I think relying on players is risky. You’ve got to able to play without (depending on) anybody if you can. In football, there are no comfort levels. Your job is to stretch those levels.”

Hyderabad finished at the bottom of the table last season, recording just two wins. Part of the reason for this was their poor start to the season that saw them lose four out of their first five games. New coach Manuel Marquez Roca will be keen to avoid a repeat and get off to a good start. “Winning the first game is important,” he said. “Although given a choice, I would take a loss in the first game if it meant winning the remaining 19.”

The Spaniard has a youthful squad at his disposal and was pleased with the potential of his young guns. “Guys like Rohit Danu, Liston Colaco and Akash Mishra have a lot of potential. I’m sure that they can continue improving and become huge assets for Hyderabad in the future,” he said.

Odisha will miss defender Jacob Tratt and Jerry Mawihmingthanga for the clash while Hyderabad will be without the services of Francisco Sandaza.
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