Calcutta: It was one of those rare occasions when Subhas Bhowmick, who was at the helm of East Bengal for a major part of his coaching career, visited the club premises as technical director of the rival team, on Monday.
More than Churchill Brothers, East Bengal’s opponents in Tuesday’s I-League encounter, it’s Bhowmick’s tactical acumen which could be the hosts’ main reason for worry. East Bengal may well be ahead of Churchill at the league table, but on present form, the Goans are in a much better frame of mind, courtesy their Federation Cup triumph.
Bhowmick, though, reminded that it would be a major mistake to underestimate East Bengal on the basis of their recent performances. “No matter what, East Bengal are and will always be a strong side. Look at the teamů There are players for all areas. “They have a reserve bench which is as strong as their first team. They have a youngster like Seiminlen Doungel, who’s a prodigy if you ask me.
“Yes, our team is playing well at present. But against a unit like East Bengal, we have to be cautious,” Bhowmick emphasised.
Bhowmick, however, lauded his wards for their effort to stage a comeback despite a forgettable start to the I-League. “Each of the guys worked hard. They made full use of the gap they had for over five weeks. Sometimes, they practised even for three sessions a day.”