8/16/2019 5:39:14 PM (GMT+3)

Durand Cup: Bengaluru want to end campaign with win

Durand Cup: Bengaluru want to end campaign with win

KOLKATA: Bengaluru FC will hope to end their Durand Cup campaign on a high as they take on Jamshedpur FC Reserves in their final Group A clash at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday.

Both sides are tied at the bottom of their group with one point each, and a first win would propel either of them into second place behind Group winners East Bengal (9 pts) providing enough motivation ahead of the crucial tie.

Bengaluru coach Naushad Moosa wants his boys to take the positives and shift their focus on the final game of the campaign.

“Our aim is to play good football and win games. The tie against Jamshedpur is no different. We just have to go out and give our 100 per cent. But at the same time, it’s also important to maintain consistency,” Moosa told the club’s website.

The Blue Colts go into the game on the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss to East Bengal, a result which ended their hopes of making through to the knockouts.

Defeat against East Bengal was a tough pill to swallow despite taking a lead in the first half against their superior opponents.

Moosa believed games like these will help them grow as professional footballers and that it’s all part of the process at Bengaluru FC where the focus is on team philosophy.

“The players were really disappointed with the previous result. We lack experience, but it’s a part of the process. It’s important to focus throughout the game. The Durand Cup has given them faith and confidence in their abilities to perform at a higher level,” added Moosa.

The Bangalore side come into the game on the back of a draw against Army Red (1-1) and a loss to East Bengal (2-1) while Jamshedpur were thrashed 6-0 by East Bengal and drew 2-2 against Army Red.