Calcutta: For Mehtab Hussain, a win in the AFC Cup quarter final clash against Indonesia’s Semen Padang will go a long way in healing the wound suffered after India’s pathetic 0-2 loss to Afghanistan in the SAFF Championship final earlier this week.
“Looking back at the SAFF final, I feel we paid the price for not being able to convert the chances coming our way. If you miss out on opportunities in such a crucial game, you are bound to suffer.
“Now, as far as I’m concerned, a good result in Tuesday’s encounter should bring in some sort of relief as the AFC Cup, too, carries a huge amount of significance.
“Amongst Indian clubs, only Dempo have made a mark in this competition. Our aim is to surpass that mark,” the medio, who was part of the India’s SAFF squad, said after East Bengal’s training session, at the Salt Lake Stadium.
According to Mehtab, frequent counter-attacks could go on to make the task easier for East Bengal against the Indonesian outfit.
“We know they play aggressive football. So, if we’re able to make proper use of our counter-attacks, I feel we should be in with a very good chance.”
Along with Mehtab, defenders Arnab Mondal and Raju Gaikwad also had joined the day’s practice session.