I-League 2019-20: Coach David Robertson promises attacking football as Real Kashmir face East Bengal in campaign opener

East Bengal drew with Real Kashmir at home and scored a victory in Srinagar last season and this will give them a psychological advantage before they start their season.

Press Trust of India December 03, 2019 16:07:14 IST
I-League 2019-20: Coach David Robertson promises attacking football as Real Kashmir face East Bengal in campaign opener
  • Last edition runners-up side East Bengal will begin their I-League campaign against Real Kashmir Football Club.

  • A title eluded East Bengal last season as, in spite of defeating Gokulam Kerala 2-1 on the last day of competitions, they fell one point shy of eventual champions Chennai City FC.

  • EB drew with Kashmir at home and scored a victory in Srinagar last season and this will give them a psychological advantage before they start their season.

Kalyani: Last edition runners-up side East Bengal will begin their I-League campaign against Real Kashmir Football Club on Wednesday.

A title eluded East Bengal last season as, in spite of defeating Gokulam Kerala 2-1 on the last day of competitions, they fell one point shy of eventual champions Chennai City FC.

ILeague 201920 Coach David Robertson promises attacking football as Real Kashmir face East Bengal in campaign opener

East Bengal-Real Kashmir match will be played at Kalyani Municipality Stadium. @Ileague

Under the guidance of head coach Alejandro Menendez, the red-and-gold brigade drew with Real Kashmir at home and scored a victory in Srinagar last season and this will give them a psychological advantage before they start their season.

The Kalyani Municipality Stadium will serve as the home venue of both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan except for the two derby matches.

"Speaking before the match, Menendez said, "Real Kashmir are a very solid and strong side, their defence is very compact. We are very well aware that they are a very competitive outfit. The onus now lies on us, we need to be really accurate and sharp whenever we have the chance to attack.

"We need to perform well in this match to enhance our chances and to get success in the league. Otherwise, things can get tricky towards the end of the season. I believe it is going to be a very tough game," he added.

Real Kashmir, on the other hand, had a dream season last year. They became the first-ever team from Kashmir to play in the I-League and were title contenders at one point of time. Real Kashmir finally finished third with 37 points from 20 games.

All eyes will be on the marquee player and head coach David Robertson's son, Mason Lee Robertson who possesses the ability to play in different positions.

The Srinagar-based team is also bolstered with the inclusion of former NEROCA FC striker Singham Subash Singh and winger Kallum Michael Higginbotham, the fresh transfer from Scottish Championship side Dunfermline Athletic Football Club.

Coach Robertson said, "Last season, we had a good season and defended well and had a very good defensive record. This season we have added more firepower and hope to score more goals this season.

"East Bengal are a very tough side to play against they are stronger than last season also. I think they will be one of the strongest teams this season and one who can win the championship.

Updated Date:

also read

Europa League: UEFA hand Slavia Prague's Ondrej Kudela one-match suspension over alleged racism
Sports

Europa League: UEFA hand Slavia Prague's Ondrej Kudela one-match suspension over alleged racism

Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara accused Kudela of racially abusing him during the teams' last-16 tie at Ibrox last month.

AFC Champions League: FC Goa play out second consecutive draw, hold UAE's Al Wahda 0-0
Sports

AFC Champions League: FC Goa play out second consecutive draw, hold UAE's Al Wahda 0-0

For FC Goa, this was the second such result in as many matches. The Goan side had also played out a goal-less draw against Qatar's Al Rayyan in their first Group E match on Wednesday.

FIFA suspends Pakistan's membership in row over national football federation's elections
Sports

FIFA suspends Pakistan's membership in row over national football federation's elections

Pakistan football has been run by a FIFA-appointed committee since 2019, but members were evicted from their Lahore office last week by a group claiming to have held legitimate elections.