The Spaniard is confident of his team pulling off a positive result against the Blues.
Despite having only six points in as many games, Odisha have shown sparkling glimpses of themselves in this season’s ISL and have slowly settled into the competition. They have been playing some good football in the process, despite not having more points to show for it. The game against the defending champions promises to be a real opportunity for Josep Gombau and his team to gain three points.
For Bengaluru, it would mean top spot in the standings. For the home team, it would keep them in striking distance of the leading pack.
Their comeback draw against a buoyant Chennaiyin FC side will stand them in good stead, as they broke the duck of the two previous games before the 2-2 draw with the Marina Machans.
Their attack consisting of Jerry Mawihmingthanga and Nandhakumar, with Aridane Santana leading the line, has been pivotal to the cause of Odisha and they face a tough opponent in Bengaluru FC, who despite their lofty standards and unbeaten record have been a tad inconsistent in this campaign.
Josep Gombau placed importance on the game saying, “It will be an interesting game tomorrow against one of the most consistent sides and the defending champions of the ISL. Both teams play a similar kind of football. We are preparing well and I hope we can win. This is the aim tomorrow, to get the three points.”
Gombau added, “I think we have the capacity to play well and win tomorrow. But, it will not be easy against Bengaluru, who have four draws from their six games so far and are above us.”
The coach maintained the significance of the game and said, “Every game in the ISL is important. We are seeing that a lot of games are getting drawn now. That shows how competitive the league is and all the teams are getting points. There is no difference in the teams and very small differences are seen in matches.”
Former Bengaluru FC player Xisco Hernandez was bought by Odisha this season after winning the title last campaign with the Blues and hopes to win tomorrow against his former employers. He expressed his excitement for tomorrow’s game saying, “The most important thing here will be three points. Bengaluru are a difficult opponent. But, if we continue to do the things we have been doing so far and don’t concede then I think we can win.”
Odisha FC will compete against Bengaluru FC at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, on Wednesday at 7:30 PM (IST).