Three points on Manuel Diaz's mind as SC East Bengal take on Odisha FC
Our strikers didnt get enough opportunities in the previous match because the team didnt play well enough to create the opportunities, he said.Diaz, when asked about the strategy SCEB will look to implement, was quite straight-forward.
Odisha FC, who won their first match 3-1 against Bengaluru FC courtesy Javi Hernandez's brace, will hope to continue their winning run while SC East Bengal will focus on bouncing back after a defeat to arch-rivals ATK Mohun Bagan.
The Kolkata Derby can be an exhausting experience for the players both physically and mentally and the SCEB boss rued the lack of recovery time. ''We have to make changes to the team that played against ATK Mohun Bagan because the starters of that match only had one day to recover,'' he said.
Skipper Arindam Bhattacharya is set to miss the game against Odisha FC after suffering an injury during the ATKMB match. Suvam Sen, who impressed after coming off the bench, will be handed a start, Diaz confirmed on Monday.
Diaz defended his strikers and said they did not get as many chances as they would've liked. ''Our strikers didn't get enough opportunities in the previous match because the team didn't play well enough to create the opportunities,'' he said.
Diaz, when asked about the strategy SCEB will look to implement, was quite straightforward. ''We are concentrating on repeating the good things we did in the first match and avoiding the mistakes we committed in the last match,'' he signed off.
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