Calcutta: Being seventh on the league table is not a situation East Bengal would have wanted to be in. The scenario turns even more bizarre when they take the field against a team like Rangdajied United FC (RUFC), without the confidence that would be expected of them.
So when the two face off in their I-League match here on Sunday, East Bengal will look to earn a face-saving win against a team who is brimming with confidence having won three matches on the trot.
“This is not an ideal situation. Many people are asking me how a team of East Bengal’s calibre, so strong on paper, are struggling and are placed seventh in the League. But we have to accept that and will try to put our best foot forward on Sunday,” said coach Armando Colaco, after morning practice on Saturday.
RUFC are a slot below East Bengal, having played 19 matches for their 21 points.
The city giants have 24 points from 16 matches. In another match, Mohun Bagan will look to get their act together against Sporting Clube de Goa at the Nehru Stadium, in Margao.
Bagan have been inconsistent in the tournament. So poor has been their performance of late that it saw them drop to ninth spot.