Title Hunt Still On : Albert Roca
According to Bengaluru FC gaffer Albert Roca, The Blues must believe they can still retain the I-League title this season despite the recent poor run of form.
"We will not give up the title; we will fight until the end. We still have hope and believe that we can still retain the title. I have quality players in my squad, and they will give their best tomorrow," he said.
Bengaluru, however, will be without the services of Juanan, Rino Anto and John Johnson. But, the former Galatasaray assistant coach said there will be no problem playing Aizawl without his key players. "We used to play with a lot of aggression which resulted in red cards and I certainly don't want that. Tomorrow you will see a different Bengaluru, we will play again like the champions," he insisted.
The Spanish coach, who worked closely with the legendary Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard for five years in Nou camp says his philosophy has been different with his predecessor Ashley Westwood - the celebrated British coach in Indian football.
"Different coaches has different ideas and different philosophy. I have been here only for around five months and you cannot really expect me to start playing like a Barcelona style of playing in no time. I’m a Spanish coach, and it is certain I like a passing game. But I need more time to fully pour out my ideas on my players," he explained.
Last season Aizawl FC kicked out the Bengaluru-based club from the Federation Cup semifinals. But, Albert Roca doesn't want to look back, "What happened in the past doesn’t interest me at all. The most important thing at the moment is tomorrow match, we will be on the pitch to earn full points and try our best to be back on our winnings way,” he added.
But, Khalid Jamil doesn’t look like to give away points easily. The gaffer who played an attacking game against Mohun Bagan and Churchill Brothers said, “It’s not going to be easy, but we will try our best. They are a fantastic club, but we want to continue our good form,"
"I have no injury concerns at the moment, which means I have no problems at the moment," he concluded.
The match kicks off at 2 pm and will be streamed live on I-League.org.