Kolkata: McDowell Mohun Bagan is almost out of the title-race for the I-League. Presently on with 39 points in 22 matches, the Kolkata giants will take on HAL Bangalore at the Yuba Bharati Krinangan on Friday (April 6). HAL stay on 7 points from 21 matches.
Brazilian striker Jose Barreto when asked on his teams chances, said: “We’ve not given up hope as yet.
There can still be upsets and turnarounds in the I-League so we just have to go out there and win our remaining matches.”
He also added that they were likely to start with the same formation as the last match against Dempo with Sunil Chettri playing from the midfield with Odafa Okolie partnering him upfront. Midfielder Hudson Da Lima is also likely to make a comeback in the match.
In their last outing, Bagan had won 4-2.
HAL would be playing with their two foreigners Joseph Femi and Zagoba Hamzah and Rohit Chand, their Asian Quota defender is also set to start. Head coach Murali Iyer said that his team would be playing for pride and would not go down without a fight. “In our last meeting we should have won. We were playing all over till Femi was stretchered out and Bagan came back strongly after that,” he said.
By Indian Sports News Network