East Bengal manager Robbie Fowler said his team has been recruited for the I-League, but players now have to prove their worth in ISL …
East Bengal manager Robbie Fowler believes his current squad was recruited with the I-League in mind and players need to step up to perform at the required level in the Indian Super League (ISL).
His team lost 2-3 to Hyderabad in the 2020-21 ISL clash at Tilak Maidan in Goa on Tuesday.
The Kolkata giants led the break after Jacques Maghoma broke the deadlock in the 26th minute. Aridane Santana then scored two goals in the second half and Halicharan Nazaray scored the third to achieve a splendid comeback. Maghoma pulled one back for East Bengal in the 81st minute, but it wasn’t enough to help the team add a point to their tally.
Fowler did not mince words about his team’s performance. The Reds and Golds are winless after playing five games and are currently at the bottom of the table
“I just think we’re a team built for the I-League. The recruiting process for this team was for the I-League and then we catapulted to the ISL. Now it’s up to the players to prove they are good enough for the ISL.” Fowler said after the game.
The 45-year-old also said East Bengal have shown they can score goals but need to focus better on matches.
“We could have done a lot better. We scored a couple of goals, which is obviously good for us. We have shown that we can score goals and now we need to improve our concentration. 10 minutes after half-time you concede two goals. Which of course not. that’s what we wanted. We got off to a good start, took the lead and just got out. “
He further added: “Well, I think we obviously have to improve massively. Look, it’s not over yet. We have a lot of points to play for. We still have a lot of performance in us. You see from that team formation and the players. , we have a lot of work to do. I will speak to the players. Some of them are not doing themselves any favors at the moment. “
Fowler also urged his players to bounce back and focus on upcoming matches instead of ruining the defeat as he believes things can still be changed.
“We have to choose ourselves. It’s not about soaking and crying. We just have to move on. We have to take it, it can be changed, we have to improve. We have to be reasonable. We have to be cleaver,” said the East Bengal manager.
Seeking their first win of the season, East Bengal will face Kerala Blasters on Sunday.