Preview: The Bengal Derby second leg

Arijit Mukherjee  |  Kingfisher East Bengal  |  2 Years Ago

It would be interesting to see the tactics applied by Khalid Jamil in this match at the Kanteerava Stadium as he will leave no stone unturned to make sure he does not lose three points from this match. Whereas, Rocha would like to keep up the winning momentum at home at least for the AFC Cup and look to be consistent at least once in the season and ensure that they finish in the top of half of the table to have an automatic berth in the Federation Cup.


The second of the Super Sunday match is the biggest of them all, the oldest rivalry in Asia, the “Boro Match” as the Bengalis love to call it. It will be the return leg of the Big Derby of Indian Football and it will again be held at the North Bengal town of Siliguri. MohunBagan for the first time in their history are conducting their home derby outside Kolkata it is the whopping 360th time MohunBagan and East Bengal are going to face each other.


This matches promises to be more eventful than the first leg as the stakes are a lot higher this time. Though, as per the case with all Derbies across the world no one would like to make the first mistake so it will be an eclectic mix of attrition and enterprising football. The atmosphere will be all charged and on the edge with the team losing literally getting thrown out the title race.


Sanjoy Sen would look to keep up his team’s impressive form which they have showcased after the break in thrashing Bengaluru first in the I League and then Abahoni Krirachakra in the AFC Cup match. They have scored six goals in the last two matches and conceded only one. Sony Norde and Katsumi Yusa are suddenly looking to be in top form and the Bagan team has at least five to six players who can score at any point of time. Sanjoy Sen will look to carry on his impressive record against foreign coaches on Indian soil and look to gather all three points from this match and stamp their authority on the title race.


East Bengal on the other hand has been riddled with internal bickering and squabbles from the time they lost back to back matches in the I League. They were the early season favourite but have flattered to deceive. Morgan would look to get back his team’s mojo by logging full points here, if somehow the Red and Gold’s manage to log full points they will be unstoppable thereafter as they have the easiest fixture of the three title contenders.


Morgan would look to use his wings to full extent to make sure they put pressure on the Bagan side-backs specially Raju Gaikwad on the left, he would also hope that their Haitian Talisman Wedson is passed fit and play the pivotal role in the match.


Though many are making the Green and Maroon’s favourite for the match I would dither from doing so as whenever it is the Big Match all previous records and form books are thrown out of the window it is that 90 minutes which makes history.


So everyone enjoy the Super Sunday of Indian Football it will certainly be a delectable and tactical football on display with best four minds at work today. Hoping the best team wins.


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