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EB hope to buck the trend

Calcutta: In his 28-year coaching career, Armando Colaco has seen how after a Derby high, comes the fatal fall.

So, it was not surprising to see the East Bengal coach urging his players to keep their feet firmly on the ground when they take on United SC in an I-League match, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Thursday.

Colaco’s fear is understandable. Only last season, after beating Mohun Bagan in the IFA Shield semi-final, East Bengal lost the final to United SC. In fact, East Bengal have a history of capitulating — whether it’s Kidderpore SC in a CFL match of 1973 or 1988 Durand Cup final loss to Border Security Force.

United SC also have this tendency of playing party pooper whenever they bump into East Bengal. One of the few teams in the I-League which maintains the shape throughout the 90 minutes, United SC are besieged by problems. Injury worries, card problems have made things very difficult.