The preseason plan of the coach of East Bengal, Alejandro, in Spain does not materialize
KOLKATA: Since he took over East bengal A year ago, the main objective of coach Alejandro Menéndez has been to help the reds and golds to break their I-league Duck.
They lost the goal by a mustache last season, finishing second after Chennai City FC after leading the title race until the final round. When he resumed his position on Thursday, after a fifteen-day vacation in his country, Alejandro faces an even more difficult task to accomplish his mission at a time when the domestic structure of Indian football is ready for an important overhaul.
The I-league - which is likely to kick off in the middle of November - will no longer be the country's premier league, losing the status to ISL.
Alejandro is also aware that fans will wait for the cutlery after the team fails the CFL Premier Division A championship or Durand Cup In the first part of the season.
Alejandro revealed on Thursday that he was keen on a pre-season camp in Spain ahead of the I-league.
We had plans to make our preseason in Spain ... But it did not materialize. Of course, the intensity and quality of organizing a preseason here will be lower (than it would have been in Spain), he said. Alejandro, who oversaw the training of the team in the Salt Lake Stadium The practice of land a few hours after landing in the city.
During my stay with the family in Spain, I had time to catch up with some trainers. Hopefully, it will be useful to help me improve something in training here, he said.
The key defender Borja Gómez is suffering an injury and has not yet returned from Spain.
Borja suffered a knee injury during East bengal 's 3-2 win over Mohammedan Sporting in their CFL match on September 26.
Team management is optimistic that the defender will recover in time to lead the bottom line of the reds and golds.
Alejandro, however, ruled out playing friendly matches during his one-month preseason here.
My team has already played many games this season. My focus this preseason will be on training and physical aspects, he said.