ATK Mohun Bagan’s star defender Sandesh Jhingan is aware of arch rivals SC East Bengal might be “unpredictable” but trusts his coach Antonio Lopez Habas to provide you with a “perfect plan” for the much-anticipated Kolkata derby of ISL on Friday.
The conventional Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal rivalry finds a new and snazzy platform put up their mergers with ATK and Shree Cement respectively.
While defending champions ATK have a set core group, Jhingan stated that there will be a worry of unknown so far as East Bengal group is worried with a fully new set-up.
“We are a set team, so it gives them an idea of our strengths and weaknesses,” Jhingan stated in an ISL launch.
“They have a new team and are unpredictable. We don’t know what they are going to provide us. There are responsibilities on us but we believe in our system and our coach, I’m sure he will have a perfect plan for this game.”
ATK Mohun Bagan has already made a optimistic begin to the seventh season of the event, defeating Kerala Blasters by a solitary purpose on Friday.
Jhingan stated he “never had the chance to watch a Kolkata derby live at the stadium” but now set to be a part of it, he desires to make sure he will get the job performed for his group.
“The derby has a rich history and its roots run deep in Indian football,” stated Jhingan, who signed a five-year cope with ATKMB after spending six seasons with Kerala Blasters.
“Now, hopefully, I get a chance to be part of it. The Kolkata derby is good for Indian football and the fans, but we live in the present and I have to do my job, just like the rest of the team – to get the three points and the clean sheet.” It will be ISL’s first-ever Kolkata derby when the 2 historic group clashes but Jhingan stated he will be treating it like simply one other recreation.
“It’s one of the biggest derbies in the world. As footballers, you want to be a part of such big games on big stages, so I’m looking forward to it,” the 27-year-old stated.
“I don’t look deep into the magnitude of the game, whether it’s the Kolkata derby or any other match, it’s all the same. All are important, so I don’t let emotions get to me. The coaches and the staff are looking at it as a game of football.” A believer of a number of captains, coach Habas had named Jhingan one of many 5 captains within the ATKMB setup.
The centre-back isn’t any stranger to huge video games — he has performed in two ISL finals aside from quite a few essential matches for the nationwide group. Handling strain has by no means been a drawback for Jhingan and he doesn’t count on the Kolkata derby to be any completely different.
“Being part of a champion team puts extra pressure but I like to enjoy the responsibility as it shows you have something in you, that’s why people have expectations from you, as you can deliver,” he stated.