ISL: Roca wants emotions to be in check ahead of Dynamos visit

Bengaluru FC has had a week to prepare for the weekend’s Indian Super League (ISL) clash while Dynamos, which are on their travels, has had only three days' rest.

Bengaluru FC team training at Bengaluru Football Stadium, ahead of their match against Delhi Dynamos FC at the Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18 football championship in Bengaluru.   -  K. Murali Kumar

It was a triumphant beginning to life in the ISL for Bengaluru FC last week, when it prevailed over Mumbai City at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. The home side had to work hard for the win, despite what the two-goal margin might suggest, and Albert Roca is certain a similar examination awaits his men when they face Delhi Dynamos here on Sunday.

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The visitor opened its campaign with a 3-2 victory away to Pune City on Wednesday; it had led 3-0 at one stage though, its dominance thorough.

"I saw how organized Delhi were and the ideas they had; we could see there was some work behind it. Miguel Angel Portugal (Delhi's head coach) has huge experience. We have to be ready for battle," said Roca.

Portugal, a former Real Madrid-B coach, was pleased with his team's performance in the opener, although he admitted his men had to defend better. He was not exactly thrilled, though, that Delhi goes into this game with three days' rest while BFC has had a whole week off.

Roca stated that he was not satisfied with his side's display against Mumbai City, but this was not meant as a criticism of his players. “As a coach, I cannot be satisfied. There is always something that can be improved: our build-up play, our transitions. I have to be honest,” he said.

The Spaniard noted that the occasion had perhaps something to do with how his men played last week. “It was the first game of a new championship,” he said. “Some players were surprised by how different this league was compared to the I-League. There was a lot of emotion. We need to control that.”