Bengaluru face fierce Jamshedpur in bid to resurrect ship

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The Hero ISL cup during the opening ceremony and first match of the Indian Super League ( ISL ) between the Kerala Blasters FC and ATK held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, India on the 20th October 2019. Photo by: Vipin Pawar / SPORTZPICS for ISL
The Hero ISL cup during the opening ceremony and first match of the Indian Super League ( ISL ) between the Kerala Blasters FC and ATK held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, India on the 20th October 2019. Photo by: Vipin Pawar / SPORTZPICS for ISL
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Bengaluru face fierce Jamshedpur in bid to resurrect ship

Goa, December 19: Bengaluru FC will have to plan well for Jamshedpur FC and the scintillating Greg Stewart in their bid to return to winning ways in a Hero Indian Super League clash at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Monday.

Former champions Bengaluru are on a wretched six-game winless run, managing to pull off a draw against ATK Mohun Bagan in a thrilling encounter that ended 3-3. The Blues showed character in the game and that should boost their confidence, but in Jamshedpur, they will have more than a formidable opponent to deal with.

Bengaluru are placed 10th in the 11-team table, having five points from seven games. Jamshedpur are at the other end of the table, sitting third with 11 points from six games. A win on the morrow will take them to within one point of Mumbai City FC although the league leaders will have a game in hand.

For Bengaluru, it will be all about getting back the momentum and climbing up the ladder.”Our mentality was good, the creativity was good and the offensive transition was good. There were many positives, but what we need to improve is our defensive organization and that’s why ATKMB had a lot of corner kicks against us,” Blues’ head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli said.

“You can see the morale in the team, we fought until the end in that game. Danish (Farooq) was on the scoresheet, which gives him motivation. We are in a process, where we send young players onto the pitch and I think it gives a lot of energy going into the next match,” he added.

The game on the morrow will also see two teams with contrasting styles of play crossing swords. Bengaluru under Pezzaiuoli has transitioned to possession-based football while Owen Coyle’s Jamshedpur is a side that tends not to keep the ball as much. Bengaluru is likely to keep most possession while Jamshedpur sits back and attack quickly when they win the ball.

For the Blues, Prince Ibara has been in good form and that augurs well for their attack. But Jamshedpur has Stewart who scored a hat trick the other day to announce his arrival in the league. The Scottish forward has four goals and four assists in his six games for Jamshedpur this season. No other player has more goal contributions than him this season.

Jamshedpur attack is now one of the most feared attacks in the league this season. They scored four goals in the first half of their last match and have taken their goals tally to 13 for the season. Only Mumbai City FC has scored more goals than them this season.

“It will be a tough game against Bengaluru. Of course, we feel we can win. They are a very good side,” Jamshedpur head coach Owen Coyle said on the eve of the tie. On Stewart, he said: “Greg Stewart is a wonderful player. That’s why I got him to the football club. I told everybody in the pre-season about his qualities and it’s nice when I am vindicated.”

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Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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