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Kings face mammoth task today

  • DM Simanto from Kolkata
  • 24 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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After suffering a heavy defeat, Bangladesh Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings are fully confident of winning their third and last group D match against another Indian team Gokulam Kerala FC today at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata, India.

The match will kick off at 5:00pm (BST). 

Ahead of the match, Kings’ head coach Oscar Bruzon said on Monday that they are eyeing to overcome their struggles after suffering a big defeat and now his team are fully confident of winning the last game against Kerala.

“We know what we have to do. We have to play with confidence. We are a champion team and always overcome our struggles. Mental preparation is important after suffering a big defeat. The mood in the team was low until yesterday (Sunday),” Bruzon told the reporters in a pre-match press conference.

“We need to improve on our mistakes. We have analysed what Gokulam Kerala can do and will work towards finding a way to defeat them,” the Spaniard said.

The Kings still have a chance to qualify for the knockout stage of the ongoing AFC Cup but they have to win the third and last group D match today (Tuesday). Though the Kings are in initially a tough situation after a 0-4 goal defeat to the hosts ATK Mohun Bagan in their second match on Saturday Gokulam’s 0-1 goal defeat to the Maldivian club Maziya SRC in another match on the same day has changed all the equation of the points table. 

 All four teams of this group have the same 3 points from one win and one defeat each. The Kings not only have to beat Gokulam, also have to expect Maziya’s win or draw against Mohun Bagan in the last match of this group, which is also scheduled to be held on the day at the same venue at 9:00pm.

As per the equation, If Kings beat Gokulam, they will have 6 points. If Maziya play a draw against Mohun Bagan, then both of these teams -- Maziya and Mohun Bagan -- will have 4 points each which will be enough for the BPL champions to become the group champions with 2 points.

Even If Maziya beat Mohun Bagan, then both Kings and Maziya will have the same 6 points but the only Bangladeshi giants will qualify for the next stage due to the bylaws of head-to-head (clause 8.3.2.1, 8.3.2.2 and 8.3.2.2) as they earlier beat Maziya by 1-0 goal in their first group match last week.

“I think there are twenty-five percent chances to qualify for every club. Gokulam are patient and they do not hurry to get goals. They are resilient and have quick players. Defensively, they are good and prefer an open game and we have to watch out for their counter-attacks. Actually, we are confident that we can win the game,” Bruzon added.

Kings Brazilian captain Robson Robinho, who was also present at the press conference, said that he and his teammates are considering the game as their final match and they didn’t want to repeat the same mistakes again.

“We are confident, motivated. Me and my teammates are fully ready for the match,” Robinho said.

On the other hand, Gokulam Kerala head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese said that they didn’t care about any calculation, they just want to win against the Kings as it is likely to be their last match of this ongoing season.