While East Bengal managed to get a 2-0 win over I-League newcomers Aizawl FC, the problems for coach Biswajit Bhattacharjee seems to be far from over right now.

The Red and Golds only managed to break the deadlock after 70 odd minutes, and this is something that seems to be irking Bhattacharjee. He reiterated the fact that his players should be converting more of the chances that they create.

“We couldn’t organise ourselves so much in the first half, but still we got a lot of chances,” said Bhattacharjee. “It would have been good if we had converted more of them. We missed a lot of chances.

“We all saw what happened in our last match. We created so many open chances against Bengaluru, but then we conceded one goal and lost the match,” he continued. “The quicker we convert our chances , the faster we will get some relief during the game.”

East Bengal’s latest star acquisition, former France international Bernard Mendy had a memorable debut against Aizawl FC, as he looked lively from both the midfield and up front, in spite of playing as a defender for majority of his career. However Bhattacharjee believes that the Frenchman can do better.

“I played him is certain areas, where we needed someone like him, and he played accordingly,” said Bhattacharjee. “This was just the first day. He’s a good player, and I hope that he would do better from next time round.”

However, one area where the East Bengal fans would be questioning the attitude of their players is when their coach took South Korean star Do Dong-Hyun off in the second half. Dong was visibly upset about the decision, and kicked out at an article lying beside the dugout, before being calmed down by the technical staff.

“You’re talking about his [Do Dong’s] behaviour [after being subbed out], but if I had kept him on the pitch, maybe this result wouldn’t have happened. The speed of the game increased when we brought on [Joachim] Abranches and [Cavin Lobo]. And for that reason, we scored the two goals. The total credit goes to the players,” he continued.

East Bengal still far behind title rivals

The Lal Holud brigade might be sitting on the second spot in the I-League table right now, abut that is a bit deceptive to their actual state of affairs. Among the three realistic title challengers (Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC, East Bengal), it is the former two that seem to be more ahead.

Bengaluru FC are already a point ahead of East Bengal, having played one match less. On the other hand, arch rivals Mohun Bagan are behind Bhattacharjee’s team by a point, but have played two games less, which makes East Bengal’s chances in this shortened I-League all the more difficult.

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