I-League: East Bengal seeks revenge against Gokulam
KOZHIKODE: East bengal will seek to continue their unbeaten four-game streak and avenge their local defeat when they face Gokulam Kerala FC in a I-League crash on tuesday.
In the last four matches, East bengal have won two and drawn as many. They had lost to Gokulam 1-3 in Kalyani.
While East bengal still has plenty of work to do, a couple of steps have been made in the right direction by new coach Mario Rivera .
New signature Victor Perez It has been a breath of fresh air in the center of the field. He is allowing Juan Mera more freedom on the flanks and making Jaime Santos Colado play his natural game.
The goal is to try to win every game for the rest of the season, said Rivera, optimist.
However, the Spanish coach is wary of the threat Gokulam possesses.
Gokulam are a good team. They have a quality squad with great foreigners and besides that, they know this league inside out. It's going to be a tough one for us, he added.
Gokulam, on the other hand, will be looking to shake off their recent woes. In their last five matches, Gokulam have only managed to pick up five points (one win, two draws and two losses).
The jugglers have struggled to find consistency and have come back to chase them again and again. They are languishing in seventh place in the league table with 18 points, a point drifting from their opponents on Tuesday, who are in the fourth.
Gokulam have a game in hand, though, and could leapfrog to third place with a win on Tuesday.
" East bengal is a competitive team, a club with a lot of history and recognition. The two foreign additions have empowered the team and it will be a really difficult team for us, although we always rely on our potential, our qualities and our character," said Gokulam head coach Fernando Santiago Valera.
Weighing the difficulties of his team, he said: I think the lack of success against the goal has penalized us a lot. We are a team that generates good football and many possibilities to achieve a goal and with different players involved, not just our strikers.
Maintaining the same philosophy is what makes us strong as a team and the progression of the players is clearly visible.