Calcutta: East Bengal coach Marcos Falopa once again ruffled a few feathers.
On Tuesday morning after the practice session, the Brazilian said his players should talk less and work more. “In my team there are some players who talk too much. They should let their work do the talking. If somebody is injured he has to listen to the trainer and the physio. He cannot go on his own,” he said.
Falopa’s “somebody” is actually Ryuji Sueoka who seems to have rubbed the coach wrong way.
“He is creating tantrums… If somebody doesn’t give the ball, he creates a scene… Leaves the field in a huff. He seems to see conspiracy in everything.
“No doubt that he is a great player and we need a midfielder of his calibre but if he continues to act like this then he is in for trouble. He is in a new club… a new set up… He cannot expect to get everything on a platter. It takes time to settle down,” somebody in the know of thing revealed later on the day.
Sueoka, who was brought to India by the Mohun Bagan coach Karim Bencharifa in 2009, has plied his trade in Goa (Salgaocar and Dempo) before returning to Calcutta this season.
Sources said Falopa and Sueoka hasn’t been getting along well. “Sooner they settle their differences, the better it is for the team.”
The Japanese midfielder has recovered from his calf-muscle injury and practised on Tuesday. “I am 70 per cent fit right now. I am not sure whether I would be fit for the Sunday’s match (East Bengal’s CFL opener versus Kalighat MS), but I would ready for the AFC Cup match on September 17,” he said.
The Brazilian coach’s training methods did not go down well with the players, who were more at home with his predecessor Trevor James Morgan’s fun-filled practice sessions.
On Tuesday, Nigerian striker Edeh Chdi also spoke on those lines. “We are adapting to Falopa’s style of coaching. He is a great coach. I am learning a lot from him. Under Morgan, we won trophies and I expect to have a great season with Falopa. We are having a great pre-season and ready to fire.”
Talking about personal targets, Chidi said he would like to score more goals this time. “I want to score more goals and win more trophies. We have the AFC Cup match coming up on September 17 and that match will be crucial for us. A victory at home will give us a headstart,” the Nigerian said.