The blues face the tough challenge of Odisha

BENGALURU: After going to Mumbai City FC for the second time this season, Bengaluru FC The race to the top suffered a setback and now they face a serious challenge to stop the winning streak of underrated Odisha FC in a Indian Super League It coincides here on Wednesday.

Odisha, who did not receive a tip to be in the race for the playoffs, is now firm with 21 points in 13 games. Josep Gombau The team has not lost a game in the last month and has recorded four consecutive victories since it went down to FC Goa December 22 BFC is only one point ahead of Odisha in third place and that means that champions cannot afford more mistakes if they want to keep their reputation intact.

The Blues must be happy to return to the comforts of home where they have an enviable record and their only stain at the Sree Kanteerava stadium this season was the 2-3 reverse against Mumbai. Now it's over Sunil chhetri and his hitmen to convert the possibilities that are presented to them before it is too late. The Blues won 1-0, thanks to defender Juanan's goal when the two sides met in Pune last month.

At the pre-game press conference on Tuesday, BFC coach Carles Cuadrat not only continued his scathing attack on the quality of the Indian referees who officiated at the Blues matches, but also questioned the decision of the authorities of Increase the number of Indian referees next season. I recently attended a conference in Mumbai and they told me that the number of Indian referees they will officiate will be eight to four next season. But I think the solution now is to have foreign referees, said the Spaniard.

Despite his tirade against Indian officials, Cuadrat admitted that they were two big mistakes: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Harmanjot Habra, which led to the second Blues defeat of the season against Mumbai. We have been working on building the mental situation of the team. I have spoken with Gurpreet and Khabra, said the manager, adding that they have the support of the team.

Odisha's coach, Gombau, said his team would not change its philosophy to meet the challenge of BFC. It will be difficult to return against BFC after conceding a goal. In addition, we have to be vigilant against free throws and unnecessary cornering, as they are one of the best teams to score on those opportunities, said the coach.

When asked about arbitration, the Spaniard had a different opinion and said that officials' mistakes should be noted regardless of whether the team wins or loses. These referees here are not professionals, so it makes no sense to complain. At the same time, they are also under pressure to perform. As coaches, we must facilitate their work. It's no use if we shout and complain, Gombau said.

A victory against BFC will push Odisha to third place, while for the seventh victory the hosts will see them take first place, at least until Saturday.

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