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I-League Round 10: Blues, Sporting Clube de Goa Go To Battle For Second Place.

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BFC PRESS RELEASE : Bangalore: Bengaluru FC return to their fortress in the Bangalore Football Stadium after a slew of away fixtures, when they take on Sporting Clube de Goa in a 3 pm kick-off on Saturday. After eight games, the two teams match each other statistic for statistic with the only exception being a goal more that Sporting have conceded as compared to the hosts.

The Blues managed the sole point from a game in Kolkata and two in Pune. But while the results suggest a struggle, the performances have been far from it. "The results may have not gone our way but the performances have been good. On another day, the outcome of those games could have been different. But that's done now, it's finished. We are focussed for the game on Saturday," said Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood.

Adding intrigue to the battle is the result of Friday's game between league leaders Salgaocar (18 points) and second-placed Pune FC (17). The teams drew 1-1 thatís left both, Bengaluru FC and Sporting Clube (both 14) the chance to move to joint second should they win.

Bengaluru have a flawless record at home and Westwood would be banking on the team's attacking brand of football and striker Sean Rooney's impressive run of form to keep that intact. Also, brimming with confidence would be skipper Sunil Chhetri who became India's all-time leading scorer when he scored in the 2-0 win over Nepal in a friendly last week. But the striker refused to dwell on the feat, rather choosing to focus on the hand. "Thank you for all your wishes but for me, the focus is now on the next game. Sporting Clube is a good side that's doing well in the League but it's more about how we play. We can't wait to get back to winning ways," said Chhetri.

Bengaluru FC midfielder Darren Caldeira looks certain to miss the game with a niggle while Sporting have travelled without Stephen Baretto and Joseph Pereira. Sporting coach Oscar Bruzon was assertive in his intent of walking away from Bangalore with three points. "What's our game plan? Three full points. That's what we are here for. Our morale is high but we also realise our weaknesses. We have been watching clips of Bengaluru FC and have little doubt that they will be a good rival and it will be a good game," said Bruzon.

I-League Round 10: Historical Joint Press meet of Kolkata Derby .

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JAYDIP DASGUPTA : The dream of Armando Colaco is to sit in the dugout in a Derby match at Kolkata. His dream will going to be fulfilled on Sunday evening after being nominated as the chief coach of the Red and Gold replacing Marcos Phalopa.

In a joint pre match meeting at the Mohun Bagan Club lawn a confident 61 years Goan coach was interacting with the media. Armando took the charge just two days back and feels that his boys are responding according to the instructions which will going to reflect in the match. He will follow the same formation in which the team are accustomed to play, though some minor changes will be made.

Armando feels that his prime task is to motivate his players so that their confidence level increases. He will instruct his players to enjoy the game. Armando was asked by the media that whether East Bengal are in an advantageous position. Armando seems to answer in a relaxed mood saying that only motivated and matured team can change the complexion of the Derby. Armando further added that he wants some changes in his team which needs some more time, but this is not the right time to implement.

Karim Bensharifa surprised all when he start the press meet by uttering in clear Bengali. The Mariners coach Karim Bensharifa feels that the match between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal is the oldest and he biggest Derby in Asia. Though his team will play for full points like other matches but he has appealed to Bagan fanatics to keep their patients and wait for the final results.

He urge the Mohun Bagan supporters not to be dishearten if his players are mis passes. Even players like Messi, Xavi and Inesta are also in the habit of sending wrong passes. Karim has certain plans regarding the game and he will implement it according to the necessity. He added that his players are in the right frame of mind and are confident enough to prove themselves in the Derby. The combination, motivation and the fitness level of Mohun Bagan footballers have increased considerably for which Karim is in positive frame of mind.

The Mohun Bagan captain Odafa Okilie will start his I league mission on Sunday after recovering from injury. While addressing Odafa expect fair judgements from the referee and believes that good referring can change the complexion of the game. The AIFF senior Vise President Mr Subrata Dutta and CAO Sunanda Dhar will be at YubaBharati with the other dignitaries on Sunday.

I-League Round 10: Joint Press Meet of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal .

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JAYDIP DASGUPTA : The fever of the Derby which is scheduled on the Sunday evening in increasing gradually. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal in joint pre match media meeting at the Mohan Bagan Club lawn this afternoon appealed to the supporters and football fanatics to enjoy every minute of the Derby whole heartedly but to maintain the peace and harmony.

While appealing through media the Finance Secretary of Mohun Bagan Mr Debasish Dutta requested the spectators not to use the fire crackers or any thing which is against the rule. Mohun Bagan Finance Secretary thanked to the Chief Minister and the Sports Minister for their initiative to organize the match. A time was there when the policerefused to grant the permission to organize the Derby due to election.

The football Manager of East Bengal Mr Swapan Ball feels that the supporters should control their emotions. The football lovers of Kolkata should keep in mind the sadest incidences ever in Indian football which occurred on the Derby matches at Kolkata on the 16th of August, 1980 and in 10th Dec 2012. Mr B.K.Rocha who is nominated by AIFF would be in charge of the security on Sunday evening.