Westwood wary of Salgaocar threat

The Goan side has pulled itself out of the relegation battle, and is now in fifth-place on the points table. BFC, meanwhile, needs a win on Sunday to be crowned the I-League champion.

Ashley Westwood led Bengaluru FC to the I-League title in his first season in-charge.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Bengaluru FC (BFC) coach Ashley Westwood believes that facing Salgaocar FC could turn out to be a tricky affair, as the visitor has nothing to lose.

The Goan side has pulled itself out of the relegation battle, and is now in fifth-place on the points table. BFC, meanwhile, needs a win on Sunday to be crowned the I-League champion.

“A win, loss or draw tomorrow does not affect Salgaocar’s season. They can play with no fear and that is dangerous,” Westwood said on Saturday.

While BFC has one more league fixture to go after this, Westwood said that he would prefer to seal the title-race here and now.

“If you could win a title anywhere, you would choose to win it at home, in front of your fans. That’s the added spice for tomorrow’s game. We want to give the fans something to be proud of,” the coach said.

For midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh, this outing can erase the painful memories associated with BFC losing the I-League title to Mohun Bagan last year. “In the final match of the previous season, we slipped and conceded a late goal to lose the title in Bengaluru. We were gutted, so we are hungry to win now,” Lyngdoh said.

Salgaocar goalkeeper Karanjit Singh said his team will try to break the BFC hearts. “Now we have no pressure because we’re safe from relegation. Our next target is fourth or fifth spot, which is respectable. You all remember what happened in last year’s I-league.

“The last five minutes made all the difference. Football can change in seconds or minutes. Getting two points to win the league is a big target for BFC to achieve,” Karanjit said.

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