AFC Cup: BFC lock horns with ATK Mohun Bagan in all-India affair

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BFC
head
coach
Marco
Pezzaiuoli’s
side
will
head
into
the
clash
having
not
defeated
ATK
Mohun
Bagan
since
the
Indian
Super
League
two
years
ago,
with
the
Italian
claiming
that
makes
his
team’s
rivals
the
favourites.

Pezzaiuoli
though
said
his
side
would
have
to
be
at
their
best
at
the
National
Stadium.
Bengaluru,
who
defeated
Club
Eagles
1-0
in
the
playoff
on
Sunday,
are
grouped
alongside
ATK
Mohun
Bagan,
Bashundhara
Kings
and
Maziya
S&RC,
with
only
one
team
set
to
qualify
for
the
Inter-zone
playoff
semifinals.

“Our
last
game
was
only
two
days
ago,
so
it
was
a
short
recovery
for
the
team.
It’s
not
really
an
advantage,
but
I
can
see
the
glass
either
as
half
empty
or
half
full,
and
I
choose
to
see
it
half
full.
There
was
a
good
spirit
and
positive
energy
in
the
team
after
the
win.
We
need
to
be
very
sharp
against
ATK
Mohun
Bagan,
because
I
am
expecting
an
aggressive
game,”
said
Pezzaiuoli,
speaking
at
the
pre-match
press
conference.

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ATK
Mohun
Bagan,
who
qualified
for
the
group
stages
of
the
competition
by
virtue
of
the
erstwhile
Mohun
Bagan’s
victorious
2019-20
I-League
campaign,
have
recruited
strongly
since
their
defeat
to
Mumbai
City
FC
in
the
2020-21
Indian
Super
League
final.
Pezzaiuoli
believes
the
Blues
will
have
their
task
cut
out
on
Wednesday.

The
Kolkata-based
side
have
added
several
players
to
their
squad
over
the
summer,
including
the
likes
of
French
midfielder
Hugo
Boumous,
Amrinder
Singh,
Liston
Colaco,
Ashutosh
Mehta,
Bidyananda
Singh
and
Deepak
Tangri.

“ATK
Mohun
Bagan
like
to
play
a
lot
of
long
passes,
go
for
the
second
ball
and
press
high
up
on
the
pitch,
which
calls
for
a
different
approach
from
us.
But
they
have
also
changed
things
in
the
summer,
by
bringing
in
a
French
foreigner
(Hugo
Boumous),
among
other
players.

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“This
shows
that
they
want
to
win
the
Indian
Super
League
and
the
AFC
Cup.
We
have
to
be
in
good
spirit,
show
good
focus
and
I
am
certain
that
we
have
a
chance
of
winning
tomorrow,”
Pezzaiuoli
added.

ATK
Mohun
Bagan
head
coach
Antonio
López
is
equally
confident
of
his
side’s
chances
against
Bengaluru
FC.
“With
all
that
is
happening
with
the
COVID-19
pandemic
and
lack
of
participation
from
our
foreign
stars,
we
are
(still)
looking
forward
to
doing
our
best
in
the
competition.”

López’s
team
last
played
competitively
in
the
Indian
Super
League
final
in
March
against
Mumbai
City
and
the
Spanish
tactician
admits
that
the
long
break
between
games
may
not
necessarily
be
an
advantage
for
his
team.

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“I
know
we
have
not
kicked
the
ball
for
a
while
and
obviously
our
players
have
had
adequate
rest
but
that
doesn’t
mean
we
have
the
clear
advantage.
I
don’t
believe
in
this
philosophy
as
I
think
the
team
who
shows
more
desire
will
win
tomorrow.”

Jayesh
Rane
scored
the
only
goal
of
the
game
when
the
Blues
beat
Club
Eagles,
and
with
only
three
games
to
play
in
the
group
stages,
goalkeeper
Gurpreet
Singh
Sandhu
said
the
task
at
hand
was
one
that
required
focus
and
commitment
from
all
corners.

“It’s
true
that
things
are
different
this
time,
because
there
are
fewer
games
to
play
in
the
Group.
But
it
is
still
difficult,
and
we
have
to
be
focused.
It
was
important
for
us
to
get
into
the
Group
Stage
because
we
want
to
do
well
in
Asia,
as
a
club,”
said
Gurpeet.
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