ISL: Confident Jamshedpur FC faces Bengaluru test
JAMSHEDPUR: While people celebrated Chatth throughout the city on Saturday, Jamshedpur FC hit him on the field as they prepared to face the defending champions Bengaluru FC in his third game of the sixth edition of Indian Super League here on Sunday, his biggest test of the season so far.
With two wins in two games, Antonio Iriondo The boys have a lot of confidence. In their first game, they went to Odisha FC and then won a convincing victory against the newcomers Hyderabad FC in their next game.
But despite his good show, the coach is aware of the challenge that awaits his team and has warned his players against complacency.
As for Bengaluru FC, although they are the defending champions and finished runners' up in the season before that, they have struggled in this edition of the cash-rich tournament so far and have been anything but impressive.
They do not have a victory by having tied their two games and are in eighth place with only two points. In their first game, NorthEast United drew goalless while in their next draw against FC Goa, they were denied a victory when Ferran Corominas scored from the point in the final minutes of the game.
To add to coach Carles Cuadrat's concern, the team will be without their media Erik Paartalu once again as he has not recovered from injury yet. But despite their recent form and the injury concern, Bengaluru FC remain as dangerous as ever with the likes of Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in their squad.
Having said that, Jamshedpur has also shown that they are not aggressive and that they can give any team a run for their money this season. With Piti in the center of the field, they have controlled the game well. His line of attack has also been brilliant to say the least. Sergio Castel has scored two goals in two games, including the winner against Odisha FC. Farukh Chowdhary has also impressed with two prizes for the man of the match, while much can be expected from Aniket Jadhav, who scored a blinding in the last match.
In addition, JFC will play again in front of their local fans, who have been incredible in the first two games and, as JFC coach Iriondo said during the press conference on Friday, players are eager to give them another performance to cheer.
However, when it comes to crowd support, Bengaluru can also count on the support of the people of Jamshedpur. From the moment Chhetri&Co entered the Flatlet field for their practice session on the eve of the game, hundreds of fans waited outside to take a look at their stars. So much so that both Chhetri and Sandhu had to take selfies and sign autographs for fans before starting their exercises.
Come Sunday though, Bengaluru FC players will have to do much more than that to win the hearts of the people who will expect nothing but the home team's victory.