Bengaluru: Stakes will be high when two teams with a similar playing style face each other at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday. Keeping the ball will not be enough, but scoring a goal will and whichever teams scores the first goal may well win the match, feels Delhi head coach Miguel Angel Portugal.
“Ball possession will definitely not be very easy because Bengaluru too will also fight for it. I think whoever will score the first goal will go on to the win (the match),” said the Dynamos head coach ahead of the match against Bengaluru FC.
He rued the fact that his team will have to play their second away match in four days in comparison to their opposition, who had seven days of rest depite playing at home. Playing in Bengaluru will however be a different test altogether, but Angel believes in the abilities of his boys.
“Winning in Pune was not easy. The team form was good and for that I had confidence in my team. The next match against Bengaluru will be a good test for the team. I trained them to start the season well. Now I think it’s working. They have to answer against Bengaluru. I have confidence in them,” said the Sapnish gaffer.
Calling Bengaluru as favourites he also added, “They score against most teams at home and it’s good. It’s a team that is consistent, solid, compact. It also boasts of a good defensive department as well as a decent attack. They are a very important team and one of the favourites for the championship.”
The hosts on the other hand are flying high after registering a comprehensive 2-0 victory against Mumbai City and led by the consistent Sunil Chhetri and Miku in attacks, Bengaluru will aim to continue from where they had left in their debut match in the ISL.
“I would not like to change the attitude going into the match tomorrow. We will go with the same attitude as we did against Mumbai in our last game,” said BFC coach Alberto Roca.
Asking his players to be compact in both attack and defence the Spanish said, “We want to play better football and create more chances to score goals, but not concede many. It appears simple, but difficult to execute.”