East Bengal’s big new signing is expected to play a part in a game where Trevor Morgan hopes his side will improve their results…

East Bengal began their 2017 I-League campaign with a home game against Aizawl FC which ended in a 1-1 draw, with the home team barely snatching a point in the final moments. New signing centre-back Bukenya saved the day with a late strike last weekend. The team in Red and Gold will be hoping for a better result when they travel to Pune to play DSK Shivajians in their second league game. 

Head Coach Trevor Morgan sat down with the press ahead of the crucial game. He said, “It’s an important game. We didn’t get off to the start that we wanted, although we did not lose. It makes the upcoming game very important.”

Talking in regards to the level of the I-League, the Englishman claimed, “Nobody can assure anything, first of all. Football doesn’t work that way. Look at Leicester City last season. They were massive outsiders and still won the Premier League. The standard of Indian footballers has risen. There’s a massive difference in the way they play now. I don’t think there are any weak teams in the I-League now. “Anything we get, we have to work hard and earn.” he continued.

The big news over the past week at the club has been the signing of Robin Singh, the striker returning to his first senior club from a title winning stint at Bengaluru FC last season. Speaking on the striker’s inclusion for the game, Morgan stated, “He’ll (Robin Singh) will be in the squad. He joined training only on Wednesday and so hasn’t been with us for long. There’s nothing wrong with his fitness but maybe he lacks some match sharpness.” 

DSK Shivajians are playing only their second ever season in the division and have entirely revamped their personnel over the break. This has meant that opposition teams are still figuring out the style of play DSK shall employ under Dave Rodgers. “It is very difficult to get information on teams in the early part of the season. They’ve got a new coach, a new system. Once we get some recordings back from the TV, we’ll be okay. We surf through YouTube at times to get some video footage on players,” said the 60-year old.