GUWAHATI, Jan 2: On paper East Bengal is far ahead of Shillong Lajong FC when they go to play the final of the 31st Federation Cup Soccer Tournament on Sunday. But during a conversation with the media, Bhaichung Bhutia, key forward of East Bengal, said Lajong is playing exceptionally well under the coaching of Stanley Rozario and they can’t be taken lightly in the final. Here is the excerpt.
Is Shillong Lajong FC really a threat for your team?
The way the team have performed in the tournament is really good and thereafter there is no way to underestimate them.
But still they are playing against East Bengal.
That’s true. But I think Lajong is a very strong opponent in the final. The plus point of the team is that they can run very well in the ground and coach Stanley Rozario is successful to make the team an united force.
Do you feel crowd support would give an extra edge to Shillong Lajong FC?
Definitely. It would be almost their home match.
You are one goal away to become the highest goal scorer in Federation Cup. Will that goal come in the final?
Right at this moment I am not interested at all to think on my personal achievement. It would be nice for me if my team win the final even if I don’t score a goal.
As a player of East Bengal you have won all the soccer titles except Federation Cup. Will it happen in Guwahati?
Let’s see. We have done a lot of hard work on the way to reach the final and we must perform well here also otherwise all the good work would be wasted. THE SENTINEL