Tough task awaits East Bengal

After a defeat against Bengaluru FC last weekend and with coach Biswajit Bhattacharya’s resignation, the Red and Golds would be itching to start the remaining games with a clean slate.

East Bengal will be keen to imrove its lacklustre defence in its second leg against Sporting Clube de Goa.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Given its recent form, a tough task awaits East Bengal as it hosts Sporting Clube de Goa at the Barasat Stadium on Friday.

After a defeat against Bengaluru FC last weekend and with coach Biswajit Bhattacharya’s resignation, the Red and Golds would be itching to start the remaining games with a clean slate.

East Bengal would need to improve its lacklustre defence in tomorrow's game. However, it can take solace from its 3-1 win against the same opposition in the reverse fixture of the game three months ago.

It would be interesting to see if interim managers Sanjay Majhi and Debjit Ghosh will make changes to the starting eleven.

HAVE TO BE CAUTIOUS AGAINST SPORTING GOA: MAJHI

In today's press conference, Sanjay Majhi disclosed that Bernard Mendy could not play a part in tomorrow's encounter owing to his injury. He added, “This Sporting Goa team is not the same whom we faced in the first leg. We have to be cautious but we've no other option but to go all-out for a win.”

Regarding the bleak chance of clinching its maiden I-League title, Majhi said, “Yes, we still have a slim chance of winning it. Although it depends on other results, still we can only hope for the best.”

After a thumping 5-2 victory over Shillong Lajong at home, Goa’s spirits would be high given youngster Sumeet Passi’s emergence to the fold following skipper Odafa Okolie’s injury.

The Flaming Oranje look a settled side in defence. Even after a lot of injuries to the squad, Sporting Clube de Goa have dug deep and found ideal replacements for Densil Theobald and Odafa Okolie to guarantee another season of top flight football.

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