Bengaluru FC Boss Albert Roca admits TC Sports will be difficult to break down but believes his side can win as both teams are set to face in the first leg of AFC Cup playoff. Despite the absence of Captain Sunil Chetri coach Roca is appears to be quietly confident about his chances to win the match. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 2100hrs on Tuesday.
Speaking at the pre-match press briefing today, Roca said that the match against TC will be tougher than the match they played against Bhutanese side in the preliminary round.
“The game against TC Sports Club is going to be a tougher challenge than the one we faced in Bhutan”.
Bengaluru progressed into the second round of 2018 AFC Cup qualifiers beating Bhutan’s Transport United 3-0 in the second leg of the preliminary stage clash. They were held goalless in the first leg of preliminary round. On the other hand, TC advanced to the playoff round with two wins against Bangladeshi side Saif Sporting club with an aggregate of 4-1 in which all four goals were scored by Anatoliy Vlasichev.
“They have made it to this stage on the back of two good games against the team from Bangladesh”.
“Their confidence along with being comfortable with the humid weather that we aren’t used to, makes the challenge bigger”.
Bengaluru FC have a 100% win record against Maldivian clubs in previous meetings. They have won all four games against Maziya SR of Maldives in the last three years.
“I don’t think anything will affect the previous results on this ground. Tomorrow’s game is just another game with another team”
The clash at the National Stadium in Male kicks off at 2100hrs and the reverse leg of the fixture will be played at the Kanteerava Stadium on February 20.