ISL 2020-21: Bengaluru FC aim for fresh start under interim coach Naushad Moosa as they take on SC East Bengal

Carles Cuadrat, who had guided Bengaluru FC to the title in 2018-19 season, was shown the door due to their disastrous performance this year, with Naushad Moosa taking over the reins.

Press Trust of India January 09, 2021 09:19:13 IST
ISL 2020-21: Bengaluru FC aim for fresh start under interim coach Naushad Moosa as they take on SC East Bengal

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Margao: Their coach sacked after three successive defeats, former champions Bengaluru FC will look to bounce back under the guidance of interim coach Naushad Moosa when they take on a buoyant SC East Bengal in an ISL fixture on Saturday.

Carles Cuadrat, who had guided Bengaluru to the title in 2018-19 season, was shown the door due to their disastrous performance this year with Moosa taking over the reins.

The interim coach exuded confidence ahead of their clash with SCEB. "We have an important game tomorrow. The players know it. In these seven years, this has happened for the first time. We have lost three games in a row. It is not easy for them to digest. They want to bounce back. We have to leave behind everything and focus on the next game," Moosa said.

Up against SCEB, who are unbeaten in the last four games, Moosa said it will be an entertaining contest.

"East Bengal are a decent side. They are getting better. Bright (Enobakhare) is a talented player. We will be playing more entertaining football. We can assure you that.

"We have to remain compact when we lose the ball. We have had fewer clean sheets. The focus is not to concede early goals," he said.

This season, Bengaluru FC had the worst goals conceded average under Cuadrat, which proved to be their downfall in the last few matches.

With the attack not being able to bail them out, they have struggled, winning just three of their last nine games. In these games, they scored as many as they conceded (12).

"That is one part we are working on (not scoring many goals). We have gone through all the videos. We felt that we were falling short in numbers in the attacking third. We will look to have more numbers in the attacking third and look to create more scoring opportunities," Moosa said.

SCEB, on the other hand, are coming off an excellent performance against FC Goa, where they were arguably the better side despite being a man down.

The match continued the narrative of SCEB's resurgence after looking down and out initially. And the run has been in no small part down to new recruit Bright Enobakhare, who has scored in consecutive games for the Kolkata side.

The Nigerian is confident that he can continue his good run against BFC. "It's a great time for me," he said.

"The players and the staff are amazing. We just have to focus on the next game and try to get as many points as we can by the end of the season. I think everything will come into place. It's going on and we'll see how it goes till the end of the season."

Interestingly, East Bengal boss Robbie Fowler is suspended for the game after receiving his second caution of the season in the previous game.

Captain Danny Fox, too, is out with a red card and Harmanjot Khabra will also miss out on the game.

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