East Bengal are playing a high line defence. This can be dangerous as both Sunil Chhetri and Miku have the knack of splitting the defence. All they need is one good ball from the midfield.
Can East Bengal thwart Bengaluru FC once again?
KEB also been biggest thorn in Roca’s stint in India. Laid bare the shortcomings of his style last year and derailed BFC’s season: KEB beat BFC 2-1 & 3-1. They roughed up BFC like no other team, led by Mehtab Hossain—who is, thankfully for Roca, no longer at KEB. #HeroSuperCup
East Bengal fans have outnumbered their counterparts. All thanks to Bhubaneswar's proximity to Kolkata.
The players are out of the tunnel and are on the pitch!
Just minutes to go for kick-off.
East Bengal's path to the final
East Bengal, on the other hand, have been doing just enough to progress. They started with a 2-1 win over Mumbai City FC and followed it up with 1-0 wins over both Aizawl FC and FC Goa to set up a date with Bengaluru.
Bengaluru's path to the final
Bengaluru have been clinical all through the tournament, always finding the answers to come away with a win. The Blues shrugged off the rust to beat Gokulam Kerala FC 2-1 before beating Neroca FC 3-1. Then, in what was a performance for the ages, a ten-man Bengaluru came from a goal down to beat arch rivals Mohun Bagan 4-2 and storm into the final.
Bengaluru will look to end domestic season with a trophy and try compensating the joy with the disappointment of ISL, while East Bengal will be hoping that a title win would prove the point that they are still a force to reckon with in Indian football.
Bengaluru FC bid to win a fifth title in as many seasons of the club's existence when they take on East Bengal in the final of the Super Cup on Friday.
East Bengal coach Khalid Jamil stressed on the fact that his team needs to play their own game and not fret too much about their opponents, Bengaluru FC, in the final of the Super Cup 2018 slated to be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday.
East Bengal take on Bengaluru FC in the final. Super Cup
“Bengaluru FC are a good team. We need to be positive all throughout,” Jamil said on the eve of the match.
“There is always a temptation to try to think differently for a final. But we need to go ahead with normal preparations which we do for every match,” he stated.
“We need to think about ourselves and stay positive. We need to play our game.”
Jamil also lavished praise on technical director Subash Bhowmick for “helping the team.”
“He has been helping us improve in every area,” Jamil said.
Central defender Eduardo Ferreira felt the red and golds cannot afford any lapse in concentration.
“We need to stay switched on all throughout. BFC are one of the best teams in the country. We will give our best but it’s more important to stay alert. Even for a moment, we get a bit complacent, we will be hit hard,” he maintained.
Jamil, meanwhile, refused to read much into the trio of Udanta Singh, Nicolas Fedor (Miku) and Sunil Chhetri who have been doing the trick for BFC upfront.
“Everyone is speaking about the trio. But in the midfield, Lenny Rodrigues has been in sublime form too. There’s quality in every department and not just their strikers. Their bench strength is very strong,” Jamil said.
Jamil said he hopes that striker Dudu Omegbemi will get back to match fitness before the final.