India defender Sandesh Jhingan admits he has by no means had the prospect to look at East Bengal and Mohun Bagan battle it out dwell on the stadium. However, on Friday, he can have the chance to do extra than simply be current within the stands when ATK Mohun Bagan FC meets SC East Bengal within the Indian Super League’s first-ever Kolkata derby.
After spending six seasons with Kerala Blasters, Jhingan made a giant name earlier this summer season when he determined to half methods with the Kochi-based franchise. New coach Antonio Lopez Habas was fast to recognise what he had with the burly 27-year-old and thus Jhingan was promptly named one of many 5 captains within the ATKMB setup.
He’ll get to expertise a derby in simply his second look for the Mariners, however Jhingan is treating it like simply one other recreation.
“It’s one of the biggest derbies in the world,” Jhingan says.
“As footballers, you want to be a part of such big games on big stages, so I’m looking forward to it. I don’t look deep into the magnitude of the game, whether it’s the Kolkata derby or any other match – it’s all the same. All are important, so I don’t let emotions get to me. The coaches and the staff are looking at it as a game of football.”
It’s not that Jhingan does not perceive the huge which means it holds for followers of each golf equipment. He’s simply concentrating on making certain his workforce goes again from the sport with all three factors. “The derby has a rich history and its roots run deep in Indian football,” he says. “Now, hopefully, I get a chance to be part of it. The Kolkata derby is good for Indian football and the fans, but we live in the present and I have to do my job, just like the rest of the team – to get the three points and the clean sheet.
The centre-back is no stranger to big games — he has played in two ISL finals apart from numerous important matches for the national team. Handling pressure has never been a problem for him and he doesn’t expect the Kolkata derby to be any different. “Being a part of a champion workforce places further strain however I prefer to benefit from the duty because it exhibits you’ve gotten one thing in you, that is why folks have expectations from you, as you’ll be able to ship,” says Jhingan.
ATKMB started its campaign on a winning note on Friday with a narrow 1-0 win against Kerala Blasters. Stakes will be high as East Bengal, led by Liverpool FC legend Robbie Fowler, opens its campaign against the Mariners.
The Red and Golds have undergone an overhaul this season, buying skilled Indian gamers alongside reputed overseas recruits, and need to waste no time in establishing themselves as a powerhouse within the league. ATKMB although have a robust, deep squad, and are touted to be favorite for the competition.
Jhingan believes Fowler’s techniques will probably be tough to foretell, as SCEB is but to play a recreation.
“We are a set team, so it gives them an idea of our strengths and weaknesses,” says Jhingan. “They have a new team and are unpredictable. We don’t know what they are going to provide us. There are responsibilities on us but we believe in our system and our coach, I’m sure he will have a perfect plan for this game.”