Pritam Kotal: Mohun Bagan is in contention to win the I-League

On Tuesday, Mohun Bagan’s focus will shift to a AFC Cup Group ‘E’ encounter, against Bengaluru FC. The two sides had faced each other in an I-League match here on Saturday, which ended in a goalless draw.

Pritam understands that it is vital for Bagan to do well in this business end of the I-League.

Mohun Bagan footballer Pritam Kotal believes that his club is in contention to win the I-League title. The Kolkata giant is currently third on the table, seven points behind leader Aizawl FC. Bagan, however, has two matches in hand.

“Yes, we can win the league. Why not? We are on track. If we win three matches on the trot from here, we will be back on top of the points table,” Kotal said at a media interaction in Bengaluru on Sunday.

The full-back understands that it is vital for Bagan to do well in this business end of the I-League. “We have done quite well so far, but it will mean nothing if we fail to win the title. That said, we don't feel much pressure. We are like a family. From day one to the very end, we will fight hard,” he said.

On Tuesday, Bagan’s focus will shift to a AFC Cup Group ‘E’ encounter, against Bengaluru FC. The two sides had faced each other in an I-League match here on Saturday, which ended in a goalless draw.

“We will approach this match in the same way - we have to win. In the team meeting, our coach (Sanjoy Sen) said that we have to do well in both the I-League and the AFC Cup. Last year, we lost in the AFC Cup last-16 round. We want to do better this time,” he said.

The 23-year-old is also part of the 31-man senior India probables list, which has begun to assemble in Mumbai for a camp. The national side will begin its 2019 UAE Asian Cup qualifiers campaign at the end of the month.

“The Asian Cup qualifiers is very important. We start with a friendly match against Cambodia (to be held at Phnom Penh on March 22). The more the number of friendlies, the closer we’ll get as a team, and the better we will perform,” he said.

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