Indian Super League: Antonio Habas, Robbie Fowler Looking Forward To Maiden Kolkata Derby In League | Football NewsNovember 26, 2020
One of the oldest soccer rivalries on the earth and arguably the most important and most essential fixture in Indian soccer, the Kolkata derby, will make its debut within the Indian Super League (ISL) on Friday as SC East Bengal play ATK Mohun Bagan on the Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco. There has been quite a lot of anticipation and buzz round this explicit encounter amongst the whole soccer fraternity as the 2 heavyweights joined India’s premier soccer league earlier this yr. Led by a brand new head coach in former Liverpool FC legend Robbie Fowler, who takes over a revamped squad, SC East Bengal will intention to open their marketing campaign on a profitable word.
SC East Bengal boasts of a line-up heavy with proficient Indian gamers together with Jeje Lalpekhlua, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, and Balwant Singh. Their overseas contingent, spearheaded by captain Dylan Fox alongside skilled stars similar to Anthony Pilkington and Jacques Maghoma, will give Fowler confidence as he embraces his second stint as head coach.
“Our team is full of leaders and Danny is a leader among leaders. I believe in him and feel he has the acumen to drive SCEB forward as we build up to our first game, the big derby. I have had good conversations with him and he has shown the hunger like everybody else, to deliver the goods for the team,” stated Fowler in an official ISL launch.
The Englishman, nevertheless, may have his job reduce out in opposition to ATK Mohun Bagan coach Antonio Lopez Habas, who’s into his fourth ISL season. Habas is not in need of expertise, having received two ISL titles. ATKMB’s sturdy squad depth additionally implies that Habas’s facet will begin as favourites.
The Mariners started their marketing campaign with a slim 1-Zero victory in opposition to Kerala Blasters and a win in opposition to their arch-rivals, would possibly simply hand them the momentum they want because the season goes on.
“The derby is a special match and it’s important for me because I know what’s the intensity in Kolkata and what it means to the supporters. We have to respect and try and bring joy to our supporters in Kolkata,” stated Habas.
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