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‘We are not on vacation’

Calcutta: Selangor FA coach Irfan Bakti warned East Bengal that his team will be going for full points in the AFC Cup Group H match at the Salt Lake Stadium, here, on Wednesday.

“We are not on a vacation here. We will be going for (full) points. Mind you. I can assure you on thatů The first quarter will be crucial,” he said at the Salt Lake Stadium, during the mandatory pre-match media conference, on Tuesday.

“How long can you defend! At one point of time we will have to attack. I always believe in playing good attacking football,” he said.

Bakti said the afternoon kick-off would not be a deterrent. “We are used to it. In Malaysia sometimes we play matches in the afternoon. Weather is more or less similar. In fact here it is better. So it will not be a hurdle.”

Bakti also has respect for his Wednesday rivals. “Oh they are a brilliant side. They scored 13 goals in two matches. They have a very good striker in Andrew Barisic and defender Uga Okpara also is very impressive.” Bakti said.

East Bengal coach Tevor James Morgan also said that the first 20 minutes would be crucial since he doesn’t have an idea about this Selangor squad.

“Although my side is in good shape having won the Federation Cup and are leading the pack in I League, I am not yet aware of the strengths and weaknesses of our rivals.”