SC East Bengal can be wanting to finish its disappointing journey within the present season of the Indian Super League on a shiny observe when it meets former champion Bengaluru FC on the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Saturday. Already consigned to the underside of the standings with only one win and 11 factors to its credit score from 19 matches, East Bengal has nothing to acquire as even a win within the final outing is not going to enhance its place. The solely motivation for the Kolkata large is to give its dejected followers one thing constructive to look out for within the subsequent season.
In distinction Bengaluru FC is positioned sixth with 26 factors from 19 matches and can be wanting to safe its place with a win. The Bengaluru facet was very a lot within the hunt for a play-off berth until the nineteenth spherical however a loss towards ATK Mohun Bagan within the penultimate spherical derailed its hopes.
“We have done a lot of good things, but the important thing was to reach the top four which we could not. We developed young players, players who didn’t play last season, and we have changed our playing style,” stated BFC head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli. The final time the 2 groups met within the first part, the sport resulted in a 1-1 draw.
East Bengal coach Mario Rivera, who took over the facet within the second part of the event, dwelled on the technical enhancements the staff made underneath him. “If we check the results in my tenure, it is not good, but if one looks at the matches, the improvement is there for all to see. We grew more confident with the ball, the ability to string passes together increased, and we created many chances,” was how Rivera held out the staff’s positives for the disenchanted followers .