AFC Cup: ATK Mohun Bagan Face Stern Abahani Check


Native heavyweights ATK Mohun Bagan can have their process lower out after they face six-time Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani Restricted within the AFC Cup playoff on Tuesday.


The winners of the knockout match will be a part of Gokulam Kerala, Bashundhara Kings (Bangladesh) and Maziya Sports activities and Recreation (Maldives) within the Group D of the AFC Cup essential spherical starting Could 18.

The Mariners, who made an inter-zone semifinal exit in final season’s AFC Cup, had it straightforward within the preliminary stage and secured a convincing 5-0 win over a weak Blue Star SC of Sri Lanka to make the playoffs.

The Bangladeshi outfit alternatively made the lower after Membership Valencia of Maldives gave a walkover of their preliminary round-two match, in Sylhet on April 12, citing a monetary disaster.

That they’re enjoying at house and coming off after an enormous win will give the native workforce a slight edge.

They will even be bolstered by the return of their common goalkeeper Amrinder Singh, who needed to sit out towards Blue Star due to a niggle, and midfielder Liston Colaco.

The largest benefit for ATKMB is that their large signing, Finnish midfielder Joni Kauko, was in his ingredient scoring a brace towards BSC, whereas Moroccan midfielder Hugo Boumous was sensational.

Ahead Manvir Singh was additionally amongst targets and scored a double and the Juan Ferrando-coached facet would depend on the positives whereas treating the match like a ‘ultimate’.

“It’s time to get pleasure from for the gamers till tomorrow and for the followers, this can be a very good second however to be sincere, that is soccer and the subsequent match is the subsequent Tuesday.

“It will likely be like a ultimate and it’s crucial for us that we don’t overlook to concentrate on the subsequent sport,” Ferrando stated.

Speaking about their opponents, he stated: “They’re a compact workforce, they don’t play three-four gamers within the assault. We have to take note of urgent as we have to preserve the ball and transfer ahead. It’s not really easy however we have to work laborious to win the subsequent match.”

Euro 2020 recruit Kauko stated he’s excited to get again his rhythm and was wanting ahead to the match.

“Earlier than coming to India, I used to be in two minds whether or not I may address the climate and would achieve success in India or not. I will not be at my greatest in the mean time, however slowly getting again my rhythm.

“The primary goal could be to complete in regulation time, we don’t know a lot about our opponents which is at all times tough. I heard they’ve superb foreigners, it could be a tricky contest,” he added.

Based on a workforce official, ATKMB will proceed to overlook their Fijian star striker Roy Krishna, who has flown again house for private causes, whereas India central defender Sandesh Jhingan is but to completely get better from his harm.

Coached by Mario Lemos of Portugal, Abahani final performed within the Bangladesh Premier League earlier this month and have 5 foreigners together with Costa Rican World-Cupper Daniel Colindres, Brazilian ahead Raphael Augusto and Iranian defender Milad Sheykh Soleimani.

Their in-form Brazilian ahead Dorielton Gomes, who scored seven targets within the BPL, is down with an harm and it stays to be seen if he’s out there for the vital conflict.

Based on the native organising committee, 40,000 seats can be out there to refill for the match, up by 7000 since their sport towards Blue Star. About 25,000 spectators turned as much as see their final match right here on April 12.

Kick off: 7PM IST.

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