Panaji (Goa) [India], February 18 (ANI): With the Kolkata Derby marking its a hundredth yr — the primary one was held within the Cooch Behar Cup in 1921 — SC East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan discover themselves in contrasting place within the Indian Super League (ISL) desk.
Bagan, spectacular from day one of many season are favourites to stroll away with the League Winners’ Shield. East Bengal, on the opposite hand, is out of competition, unable to get better from a poor begin to the season regardless of improved shows within the second half.
As the 2 groups lock horns in a landmark Kolkata Derby on the Fatorda Stadium on Friday, much more than three factors can be at stake. For Robbie Fowler, who can be watching from the stands, and his crew, will probably be a possibility to give followers one thing to brag about in a season the place they have not had too many probabilities to accomplish that. For Antonio Lopez HabasCo, a victory is crucial of their march to the title.
In another yr, this might be a fixture witnessed by a packed Salt Lake Stadium. This time, the stands on the Fatorda can be empty, however two of the most important fanbases within the nation can be watching on with bated breath from their properties.
Throughout the season, the Mariners have been extra constant, scoring extra and conceding fewer objectives in contrast to their rivals. After 17 video games, Bagan (36) has secured greater than double that of East Bengal’s factors tally (17) — highlighting the gulf in school between them. However, regardless of the contrasting fortunes of the 2 groups, Bagan coach Antonio Habas stated that the derby was totally different from different video games.
“The derby is different,” he stated. “The attitude (of players), the level (of pressure) is different than other matches because you have the possibility to change the season with one victory. It’s a dangerous match for us.”For East Bengal, the derby presents a possibility to set an early marker for subsequent season. They got here into the match a lot much less ready than others and that confirmed of their early shows. However, a a lot better second half of the ISL has given them one thing to construct on for the subsequent season.
“We’ve improved and you can see the players enjoying their game,” stated SCEB assistant coach Tony Grant. “This derby has got a lot of history and memories. We know how much the derby means to the people. The first derby was a bit unfair on us but now it’s a bit of an even playing field. Hopefully, we can do our fans proud.” (ANI)