4/24/2018 8:18:50 PM (GMT+3)

Bengaluru face New Radiant in AFC Cup match today

Bengaluru face New Radiant in AFC Cup match today

MALE, Maldives:  Bengaluru FC will look to keep their flawless record in Maldives intact when they meet New Radiant SC in AFC Cup Group E match here at the National Stadium  on Wednesday.

The Indian side is yet to drop points against their opponents in three years of continental competition and, Albert Roca will hope the habit continues.

With three wins in as many games, Bengaluru lead Group E with nine points and have New Radiant chasing, with six points from three games.

Bengaluru, however, will be without their Spanish manager on the touchline as Roca is serving his one-game suspension after he was sent off during the home leg of the same fixture.

Goalkeeping coach Eduardo Gasol will be the man in charge as Bengaluru look to widen the gap atop the points table and edge closer to yet another place in the knock-out stages.

“We do have a good record against teams from Maldives away from home, but most of the games have been close. Against TC Sports Club, we came away with a narrow 3-2 win. Even against Maziya the season before, we scored in the final minute,” said Gasol.

Even against New Radiant at the Kanteerava, it needed a last-minute winner from Nishu Kumar to give the Blues all points.

“They are a good team who looked like putting us in trouble a few times and they will only be more confident at home. We will have to be alert at all times,” he added.

The Blues come into this fixture on the back of a fantastic showing in the Super Cup and will hope that the momentum doesn’t drop. The attack turned up with 13 goals in four games while the defence let only five slip past them as Bengaluru stayed true to tradition of winning a trophy in every season since its inception.