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East Bengal 'not favourites' against FC Goa in Super Cup semis

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

East Bengal dismissed talk about the football club having an advantage over in the Super Cup semi-final, stressing "its 11v11 on the field."

Reacting to comments about five players staying suspended for the match, Jamil stated: "In football it's all played on the turf. You can never take things lightly. It's all about that specific day," he stressed. "are a very good side and they will surely make it difficult for us."

Central defender Eduardo Ferreira, however, admitted that there is "some pressure" on the red and golds.

"Every match is important and comes with its own pressure. It's not going to be any different tomorrow," maintained.

"If you want to be successful you need to work hard and press harder all throughout. We won't be taking it easy in training. It's another final for us. We need to stay concentrated."

Jamil, who was a under Goa in the dream United squad, rated his former very highly. "Derrick is a great motivator. His teams are always defensively very strong," Jamil certified.

Meanwhile, Pereira informed that his players "will put up their best".

"We have five players suspended and there are also some which have hit us hard. We have 14 players at the moment including 2 goalkeepers and a lot of things are going on in my mind," Pereira stated.

"I am confident that whoever takes the field tomorrow will give their best. We have had a very good team throughout the season. Tomorrow is their chance to grab it. If you need to achieve results you need to perform," he added.

"Obviously, the understanding and combination play on the pitch may be lacking as some of them may be playing for the first time. But we have trained together for long. The players are all professionals and know how to react to situations. East Bengal have a full squad but it won't be easy for them."

Reiterating his coach's views, Pratesh Shirodkar, said: "We accept this challenge. All the players who haven't played so far are confident and we will work hard for a victory."



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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 18:42 IST