After a long and a grueling season, Jamshedpur FC will host table-toppers Bengaluru FC at the Furnace in what will be their final game of the season of this year’s campaign. Although a play-off spot is out of contention for the Men of Steel, they will be more than willing to end their season on a positive note.
When you look back at the first few games of the season, Jamshedpur FC led by their newly appointed Spanish coach Cesar Ferrando had gotten off to a great start and were touted by many to be one of the teams to watch out for. However, injuries to important players at crucial phases during the season stunted their progress and in turn halted their charge towards the top of the tale.
Cesar Ferrando’s side displayed controlled possession football in each of the matches they played, creating a lot of chances for themselves and dominating possession for a majority of the games that they featured in. No matter what situation they were in, Cesar’s side were true to his philosophy and principles and didn’t just pump the ball long in a desperate attempt for a goal.
A total number of nine draws, does leave a lot to be desired but it is easy to forget that a lot of things didn’t go or fall in Jamshedpur FC’s favour. For a majority of those drawn games, Jamshedpur FC were the better side but they failed to close out games and get that elusive victory.
For their final game of the season, Jamshedpur FC host probably the most formidable opposition in the league in Bengaluru FC. The Blues have been the most consistent team in the league and rightly occupy the top spot on the league table. Bengaluru FC have made winning a habit which reflects in the wins that they have registered, a total number of ten wins which is the most in the league.
Previewing tomorrow’s game, Jamshedpur FC head coach Cesar Ferrando said, “I want to win tomorrow, I know that my team can play very well. At this moment I am delighted with the performance of my team, I hope tomorrow we can win against Bengaluru, that is the most important thing for us, for me, my staff and my team."
Cesar was also asked to give an overview of the season gone by for his team. Here’s what he said, “I am sure that we made some mistakes. I don’t want to talk about next year, I want to talk about this year. When we look back, we drew a lot of games because I think we needed more quality in the final third. The teams that are there in the play-offs, their striker play a very important role. We wanted to qualify for the play-offs. We played like a team In every match."
When these two sides last met in the league, it was a cagey affair where Bengaluru FC took the lead late in the game. However, a Sergio Cidoncha strike levelled the proceedings right at the death. Both teams gave each other plenty to think about both during and after the game.
On the injuries front, the Aussie Legend, Tim Cahill will miss the last game of the season for his side as he is still suffering from his injury, while for Bengaluru FC, Nishu Kumar will be out with a red card.
With qualification for the play-offs confirmed, Bengaluru FC head coach Carles Cuadrat is expected to rest his important players. However, this directly wouldn’t mean a drop in quality for Bengaluru FC as young guns like Udanta Singh will be eager to make a mark on the upcoming game.
Although a win wouldn’t mean much in a broader sense, Jamshedpur still have the opportunity to make a statement by beating arguably the best side in the country and give the ever-present Jamshedpur faithful something to cheer for and look forward to for our next season.