Roca seeks reaction as Bengaluru take on Aizawl
Bengaluru: Needing a win to keep their hopes of making the knockout stages for a fourth straight season alive, Bengaluru FC host Aizawl FC in a crucial AFC Cup game here tomorrow.
A shock 2-0 defeat to New Radiant in the Maldives last week meant Bengaluru's chances to make the zonal semifinal of the tournament don't entirely rest in their hands.
Coach Albert Roca's Blues will have to win both of their remaining two fixtures in Group E while hoping that the Maldivian side drop points at least once.
"We are in a situation where we could finish the group stages with 15 points and still find ourselves out of the Cup. But that's how football is sometimes and we need to accept it and focus on getting our side of the job done and then hope for the best," said the Spaniard.
Wins in the next two games for both Bengaluru FC and New Radiant would leave the clubs square on points but a superior head-to-head goal difference gives Oscar Bruzon's side the edge they need to progress in the tournament.
Roca, who had to watch an uncharacteristically bland Bengaluru FC performance in the Maldives from the stands at the National Stadium, will be back on the touchline having served a one-game suspension.