Trevor James Morgan
Calcutta: East Bengal are desperate to get full points in their next two I-League matches in Pune and Goa after managing just one point in their opener against Aizawl FC. They will take on DSK Shivajians FC on Saturday and Churchill Brothers on January 18.
"In the opening game, we only had one striker which we don't do normally... Looks like we'll have two strikers available against DSK on Saturday, which is good," coach Trevor James Morgan said on Tuesday.
"The target would be to get two points more compared to what we got in the previous game. We have been preparing ourselves and looking to get full points in our next match. We've had more than two practice sessions after the Aizawl match.
"We'll have almost a week to prepare with players we know who will start the game rather than waiting for players to join in. We've got all our players together apart from one extra foreign player... I believe we'll be preparing well," Morgan said.
East Bengal have finalised their fourth foreigner, Kyrgyzstan's Ildar Amirov, but there's uncertainty over when he will join the side. "I've no idea when he'll be coming," said Morgan. He's not aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition.
Morgan is still unsure about the strengths and weaknesses of his next opposition but he said, "I haven't seen them as yet. So have no idea so far, but I will surely have the DVD of their first game and prepare our strategies accordingly."
East Bengal will travel with a 20-member squad for the two away matches. Arnab Mondal, who had a surgery after suffering an injury during the ISL, joined the side on Tuesday. Morgan, though, feels he will take some time to get fit.
"He is not fit. Hopefully when we will come back from our two away games, Arnab might be able to join training with the side."
Lalrindika Ralte, too, has an injury. "Dika had a small groin problem and4 it was a nagging injury. The worst part was that if we would have taken a risk of playing him in the opening game, things could have gone from bad to worse. We did the sensible thing of giving him three days of rest and he is fit now, training with the side and has no pain. I'm not planning too many changes, but there will be some in the XI."