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If we are going to win every match is important-Sen

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The Bagan boss wants his team to improve their level of performance to win the title...

Mohun Bagan lock horns with Chennai City at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday evening on the back of three back-to-back wins in the I-League this season.

Speaking to journalists in Chennai, the Mariners coach Sanjoy Sen highlighted the significance of every league game as he pledged to take one step at a time in their title pursuit. “Actually, if you’re going to win the championship, every match is important,” stated Sen. “We’re not thinking about whatever happened in the last three matches. We’re looking forward to winning the match and there’s no doubt that it won’t be an easy match. We have to fight for three points.”

Defending I-League champions Bengaluru and Mohun Bagan are tied on points as they have hauled nine points from three games so far. Asked whether the 2016-17 I-League season would witness a two-horse race featuring the two heavyweights, the 56-year old gaffer ruled out the possibility.

“I don’t think so,” said Sen. “Many teams have not settled yet. They are now showing progress. If you see the first matches of Chennai City and Churchill Brothers and compare those with their subsequent games, you can find a lot of differences. In the coming days, there will be even more.”

Mohun Bagan have one of the strongest squads in the division. However, the former Prayag United manager refused to identify having too many options as a headache. “[It’s] not a problem,” said Sen. “If you have a strong squad and a good reserves bench, it’s a sign of strength. It’s definitely not a problem. If one player fails, you have others there. We can then bring on substitutes to produce [an impact].”

Despite winning all three games so far, they have hardly faced any strong team as the teams they have defeated now occupy the bottom three positions. The Mohun Bagan manager, however, is not carried away by the results as he admitted that his side still have room for improvement.

“After every day, every competitive game and every training session, there is always a lot of space to improve,” said Sen. “We fared much better in the second match than we did in the first match. When we scored four goals, people might have thought that all we’d done was right, but, no, we have done many things wrong that we analyze, discuss. Let’s see; whatever mistakes we have done in the last three matches should not be repeated.”

Refusing to blame the condition of Jawaharlal Neehru Stadium that now looks a far cry from the one that hosted Chennaiyin’s Indian Super League games last year, he revealed that he had always advised his players to focus solely on their performances, unmindful of the weather and pitch conditions.

 

Published: Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:53 PM IST

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