Bhaichung Bhutia says that East Bengal cannot be judged in this year’s ISL. Moreover he adds that the club’s inclusion is great for Indian Football.East Bengal are joined by their fellow rivals ATK Mohun Bagan.
Bhutia adds that the team’s late inclusion must be taken into account. He says that the team obviously needed more time to prepare.
Bhaichung Bhutia comments on East Bengal
The great Indian goalscorer has commented on the team’s future. He says that the team needs more addition to compete on the highest level. However he acknowledges that their rivals are on the move.
“Obviously there is going to be a challenge in terms of building the team. We should not really judge the team’s performance this year,” he said.
Jhingan has just signed for five years. All top-quality players have long-term contracts with their respective clubs. I think East Bengal will have to build long-term. They will have to develop players,”
Bhaichung Bhutia on Derby ‘Khela’
Derby is a different ball game. I think East Bengal should do well. The motivation and passion for a derby is at a different level, whatever may be the tournament. Emotions just soar up,” Bhutia said, recollecting his 1997 Federation Cup hat-trick.
“On paper, Mohun Bagan were way ahead. They were a very, very strong team but we defeated them,” the chief architect of the famous 4-1 win, recalled.
“Derby is totally a game of nerves. If the best players can’t keep their nerves, they can’t perform. It’s got a lot to do with the nerves and depends on who can take the pressure well on that given day. Anything can happen.”