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Roca wants balance, Portugal keen to make most of opportunities


The Blues will be looking to do the double over the Lions.

Bengaluru FC travel to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi to take on Delhi Dynamos FC in Indian Super League (ISL) on Sunday. The Blues have picked up two consecutive wins in their previous fixtures and will be looking for a third in a row when they come up against a faltering Delhi defence. The win would consolidate their position at the top of the table, and prior to the match, Bengaluru’s head coach Albert Roca addressed the media.

The Spaniard refused to tag Delhi as pushovers, admitting that he expected a tough encounter against the Lions. “No, they’re (Delhi) never easy,” Roca stated. “I have a lot of respect for Delhi. I know the circumstances for this team have been very difficult. They have been unlucky in a lot of things. They try to play. I know the coach (Miguel) Portugal will always try to play good football. When you see that you know tomorrow’s not going to be easy.”

Roca also emphasized on a few areas of improvement for his side. “We have to have more balance,” the 55-year-old revealed. “Particularly in the transitions, we have to be much better, we have to be more aggressive and not concede so many chances. We know in attack we have good players who can score, but in football if you don’t have a good balance you’ll not win. We are looking to be more compact. What I want is to create opportunities and not concede too much. Then we’ll have more chances to win.”

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Meanwhile, Delhi head coach Miguel Portugal put his team’s indifferent form down to failing to make use of their opportunities rather than playing poorly. “I think we deserve more, I talked with my team. It’s very easy for the opponent to score a goal. For us, we’ve found it difficult, but we had opportunities. That is football,” the Spaniard said before explaining his plan for the remainder of the season. “For us now it’s like half-time, I see every match as a final. The first final for us is Bengaluru.”


Published: Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:35 AM IST


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