CFL 2018/19: Bagan look to strike balance between attractive football and results

KOLKATA: Ahead of their second 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ fixture against Rainbow Athletic Club, Mohun Bagan head coach Sankarlal Chakraborty is looking to strike the right balance between attractive football and results to show for it.

Both teams have won opening fixtures of their respective campaign and now looking to capitalize on the good start. Both teams are very offensive and the setup in terms of pressing is similar.

Mohun Bagan were not at their best on Saturday, but still managed to beat Pathachakra Club 1-0, and Chakraborty knows that Rainbow AC will be a threat, and is prepared to face tough opposition in Mohun Bagan Ground on Tuesday.

“I thought we could have played with more fluidity against Pathachakra, but we will take away lots of positives from that victory. I am happy with the performance in general. There is also nothing as pleasing as to see our supporters happy.” Chakraborty said ahead of the clash.

Going into the game Mohun Bagan will be banking on the Ugandan forward Henry Kisekka to get goals upfront. Although for a large part of the match Henry looked isolated on the field but Chakraborty has made it clear that he wont be rushing with Aser Dipanda Dicka.

However, the main concern for Chakraborty would be the lack of coordination between two central midfielders Shilton D’Silva and Sourav Das, who failed to play a cohesive game.

“We have to work hard on finishing and with a bit more composure in the box, I am confident that we will beat Rainbow AC. Make no mistake, they are dangerous. They have lethal players.”

“We know the importance of this match and we will go into it with the full concentration and hopefully win. We respect all opponents. There is an excellent ambiance in the team, and that has been the strength of this team.” Chakraborty added.

Rainbow SC have three very experienced foreigners in their ranks in Penn Orji, Joel Sunday and Guy Eric Dano who are likely to play an important role against the Mariners.

The Tarit Ghosh-coached side made a easy work of George Telegraph in their opening fixture, but their true character would be tested against Mohun Bagan. Rainbow AC held Mohun Bagan for a 1-1 draw last season and they will be looking to replicate the performance once again.


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