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EB firm favourites

Calcutta: East Bengal have their eyes set on the Calcutta Football League title. A victory against Mohammedan Sporting on Thursday will further consolidate their position in the standings.

Two victories in their remaining three matches will guarantee them the title. This means that if they win against Mohammedan Sporting and United SC in their next two matches, they will go into their final CFL match against Mohun Bagan having been already assured of the champions’ tag.

Armando Colaco, however, is not willing to read much into such calculations. “Every match is a big match for us… There are no weak teams and we can’t treat any team as special… We will treat each team with respect,” said the East Bengal coach after an afternoon practice session at the club ground on Wednesday.

“Everyone in the team is doing his bit… I’m not worried about winning or losing… We are focusing on the Federation Cup. But any coach would have loved that luxury of going into the Derby against Mohun Bagan with the title in grasp.”

Colaco seemed livid about the tight schedule of the League. “We are being forced to play every alternate day… It’s very tiring on the players. Perhaps this has been done because we missed the earlier part of the League because of our AFC Cup commitments.

“The balloon is waiting to be pricked… I didn’t even wish to practice today after having played a match only Tuesday,” explained the coach.

Colaco is focusing on the team game. “Football doesn’t depend on individuals… It’s a team game. It’s a collective game but individual brilliance does matter. “Against Mohammedan Sporting, we have everything to lose… So we’ll take the field with the target of gaining the maximum points.”

East Bengal though will miss Uga Okpara and Mehtab Hussain who have been advised “long rest” because of injuries.