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Bruzon considering time, weather as advantages for Kings against Bengaluru

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20th August, 2021 07:08:51 PM
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Bashundhara Kings will meet Indian team Bengaluru Football Club in their second match of the ongoing AFC Cup Group D at the National Stadium in Maldives capital Male at 4 pm (local time). 

Kings head coach Oscar Bruzon believed that the match time (4 pm) and the weather condition will be extra advantages for his side. 

“The match time and weather conditions are the positive points for us. Our team have always practiced at 4 pm in Bangladesh. The weather at 4 pm here is similar to Bangladesh. So, playing at 4 pm, we are considering it a blessing for us,” he told the reporters in a pre-match press conference on Friday.  

Kings have always practiced at 4 pm in their camp in Dhaka. Even the top Bangladeshi outfit like to play most of their domestic matches in daylight, especially in the afternoon. 

However, Kings are not like those teams who only rely on time and conditions. They do proper homework, make enough preparations and never underestimate their opponents before playing the match.  

“We are placed in a tough group with quality teams. We respect every team in this group. One should not underestimate Bengaluru. They are very dangerous - especially with the likes of Sunil Chhetri, Cleiton Silva, Suresh Singh Wangjam and two strong centre-backs. I feel they are not 100 percent in terms of performance levels and that uncertainty in midfield is why they lost to ATK Mohun Bagan” the Spaniard added.  

“We feel that Bengaluru are going to play an open game tomorrow with a high pressing defensive line to counter our style. It’s not how we are going to start but we know it’s going to be a very long 90 minutes of football. We will need to manage our emotions, frustrate them into making mistakes to win the game,” the Spaniard further said.  

Bangladesh have several bitter experiences with Bengaluru captain Sunil Chhetri who also leads the Indian national football team. The 37-year-old veteran striker averted Bangladesh a total of three times since SAFF Championship 2013.    

Bangladesh had a great chance to end the 22-year win drought against their neighbours India in the last FIFA, AFC qualifiers in Qatar in June, Chhetri once again shattered Bangladesh's dream. 

Kings captain and national defender Topu Barman, who was also part of that campaign, said they have a special plan for Chhetri this time. 

“We know about Sunil Chhetri. Of course, he is a very good player, we are aware of him this time. We have a special plan for him,” the Kings captain added. 

Bengaluru head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli believed that his team will deliver an improved performance against Bashundhara in the match.

“As I’ve said before, I see the glass half full and football is all about mentality. And we’re strong in that aspect which is why we have prepared well and are fit to take on our next opponent. It really doesn’t matter what time we’re playing as both teams will be facing similar humid situations,” he said. 

“We probably will need to handle this better (our performance), maybe change the tactics looking at how we played in the last two games with little chances created despite plenty of possession. This is important because we will be up against a formidable Bangladesh side, who scored 55 goals in their domestic league and conceded only nine,” he added. 

The 52-year-old German coach further said that they feel no pressure and want to enjoy the match. 

“Bashundhara won their first game 2-0 and have a strong defence but can be dangerous especially between transitions. They’re a very organized side and we cannot afford to give them space to score goals. However, there is no pressure on us. We will go into the match and enjoy the game. Every team in this tournament wants to be number one in the group stage. We want to win but Bashundhara will also be highly motivated,” he ended.