Calcutta: Tired after a hectic journey, East Bengal coach Marcos Falopa decided to rest his players on Saturday, ahead of their crucial AFC Cup quarter final second-leg match against Indonesian Club Semen Padang, in Padang, on Tuesday.
Such was the travel plan of East Bengal that they had to wait for almost five hours at the Kuala Lumpur airport en rote Padang.
However, coach Falopa knows that the Indonesians will go all out after losing the first leg 0-1 and it is extremely important that the East Bengal players maintain their fitness ahead of the tie. So though the Brazilian coach didn’t make his boys go through the drills on the field, he ensured that they at least have a pool session.
There will be a full-fledged practice session at the ground on Sunday afternoon, informed East Bengal’s media officer.
Tuesday’s match has already garnered a lot of attention in Padang. According to an East Bengal official, who has travelled with the team, almost 20,000 fans are certain to throng the stadium for the match. That almost all of them will be rooting for their home club is obvious and Falopa must be aware of that.
India’s consul general from Medan will be flying down to Padang to witness the match.