Bengaluru FC face NorthEast United in ISL opener

Bengaluru FC will start as favorites against NorthEast United FC in their Indian Super League opener at GMC Athletic Stadium, here on Saturday. The Blues have had a tough pre-season and coach Marco Pezzaiuoli said his side were eager to face last season’s semi-finalists. “NorthEast United are a good team with a strong group of players and a coach who motivates them outside. They reached the semi-final last year, and while we don’t want to go back on past results, we have to respect them as an opponent, ” Pezzaiuoli said, speaking to the media on the eve of the match.

“They have a lot of quality players, and we’ll have to do well against them.” Bengaluru’s foreign players for the season include Brazilians Alan Costa, Bruno Ramires and Cleiton Silva, Iranian midfielder Iman Basafa, Congolese striker Prince Ibara and Gabonese center-back Yrondu Musavu-King.

“Our team for this season is a good mix of experience and youth, and they have gelled really well over the past few months. They understand what we expect from them and it’s great to see how they have improved tactically over the pre-season. “Our young players are also developing well and we look forward to seeing them play a role in ISL,” said Pezzaiuoli. The German-born Italian, who joined the Blues as a head coach late last season, has confirmed that while his foreign rookies are available for selection, some Indian players are worried about injuries for the opening meeting.

As you know, Harmanpreet has yet to join the squad due to his knee injury and Parag injured his elbow a few weeks ago, and it will take time for him to recover. Akashdeep (Singh) and Rohit (Kumar) are also injured and will not be available for the first game, ” Pezzaiuoli confirmed.

NorthEast United, having finished in the playoffs last season, will be guided by head coach Khalid Jamil and will look to the services of Jamaican striker Deshorn Brown and Martinican international Mathias Coureur. Australia’s Patrick Flottman, Australia’s Patrick Flottman, while former Mumbai City FC midfielder Hernan Santana could also feature in the Highlanders’ defense.

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