Kolkata: East Bengal will look to bounce back to winning ways when they face Mumbai FC in an I-League football tournament at the Salt Lake Stadium, here tomorrow. Mumbai FC had halted East Bengal’s hat-trick of wins with a 1-1 draw in the match that saw Ranty Martins missing a penalty while Cavin Lobo’s shot hit the horozontal. “We had a couple of good opportunities and Cavin also hit the bar. We lost the confidence after that missed penalty and we started playing some long balls… That’s in the DNA and I am trying to change that,” coach Eelco Schattorie said on the eve of the match.
The Dutchman indicated that he might bring in a fit-again Abhijit Mondal under the bar in place of Luis Barreto, while the other team would remain the same. East Bengal who had registered two away wins in Pune and another in the AFC Cup here put up a lacklustre show against Mumbai FC but coach Schattorie said it was more to do with their opponents.
“There is a difference between playing Pune FC, who try to play positively and playing Mumbai FC who just do not try to play football. It’s just a complete different approach.’ “There were patches of the game that we dominated. Look at the games against Pune FC and Bharat FC, where we played well and got some beautiful goals.”
Schattorie also stood behind his ace marksman and leading I-League scorer Ranty Martins, who is eyeing a record 200th goal in I-League and NFL. “If Ranty would have scored that penalty in the last game, everybody would have been happy. The players are giving their best and I see progress in the things we are doing.”
Salgaocar come with the back of three losses on the trot as they lie sixth in the table, six points behind East Bengal.