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‘Nothing to lose’

Calcutta: For Mohun Bagan coach Karim Bencharifa nothing much has changed in the last two months.

“If you want me to believe things have changed, I will not buy that. Yeah our team is much fitter and injury free now and have got the time to regroup. But overall, it’s the same scenario,” the Moroccan said after a practice session on Friday.

Karim put pressure on the four match officials by saying that all eyes would be on them. ND Santhosh Kumar, Sri Krishna, Mohammed Kamil and Dinesh Nair are the four match officials.

“Much will depend on what role do they play. Twentytwo players on the field also will also have to be cautious. And the fans will have to show restrain. During a football match, anything can happen. So you have to very alert.”

Karim refused to divulge the formation of his team. “I am keeping that for tomorrow. Okay?”

It’s expected that Karim will be fielding Manish Bharghav on the right and Manish Maithani as a defensive half with Denson Devadas linking up with Tolgay Ozebe and Okolie Odafe. And then the Syed Rahim Nabi-Snehasish Chakraborty factor on the left. “Football is a funny game. Anything can happen. And it’s Derby. So it’s a special game…”

Karim said his team would go for a win. “Obviously we will… Every team goes for a win. And the scenario we are in (five points from 14 matches) we have nothing to lose. They are the favourites for sure… Table-toppers after all. And we are at the last.”