East Bengal FC will take to the field with renewed enthusiasm under the tutelage of former Indian Super League (ISL) winning head coach Carles Cuadrat when they host their season opener against Jamshedpur FC at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Monday, September 25.
In Cuadrat, East Bengal have a coach who knows what it takes to succeed in the ISL. The Spaniard has inspired significant changes to the squad this year. His team, however, boast a success rate of just 20% against the Red Miners – a record he will be keen to change in this match.
Jamshedpur FC may need some time to settle in under new interim head coach Scott Cooper. Despite a disappointing campaign last year, they find themselves in the middle of a four-game unbeaten streak last season, which Cooper and his men are set to extend for a strong start to the campaign.
Harmanjot Khabra (East Bengal FC)
Harmanjot Khabra returns to East Bengal FC after seven years and the defender will be tasked with leading the backline. His vast experience of having featured in 128 ISL matches will come in handy as the team looks to spark a turnaround in form this year.
Alen Stevanovic (Jamshedpur FC)
The Serbian striker is an important addition to the Red Miners and his former experience of playing against Italian giants like Inter Milan and Torino should surely translate into tangible benefits for the Jamshedpur frontline in their first match of the campaign.
Anecdote: Jamshedpur FC won 2-1 in this match against Red and Gold Brigade last season. They can become the first team to record consecutive away wins against East Bengal FC with a victory in the next match.
“Of course, we don’t have much information about them because they haven’t played any official matches so far. But that’s no excuse. We have to prepare for the match. We have to make our plans. We have to try to have a good match and get the first victory of our season. We have to work and we have to come up with a good plan to try and beat them,” said East Bengal FC head coach Cuadrat on coming up against the new-look Jamshedpur FC as the Red Miners fielded a second-string team during the Durand Cup. before the ISL.
“We have done our homework. We know they have a very good coach – a coach who has done very well in the ISL. He has made progress in Bengaluru. He has made remarkable achievements that have not yet been surpassed, so this work must be respected. We know that it is a great club full of history with many good players. We know that the teams that have their home base in Kolkata are formidable opponents. We are under no illusions that it will be anything other than a very difficult match against a very good coach and very good players,” Jamshedpur FC interim coach Scott Cooper assessed. occasion of the throw into play.
Viacom18 is the new home of Indian football and the match between East Bengal FC and Jamshedpur FC will begin at 8 pm prime time on September 25, 2023. Fans across the country will be able to follow the action in English, Hindi , Bengali and Malayalam. and they can watch the action on linear channels like Sports18 Khel (Hindi), Sports18 1 SD & HD (English), VH1 SD & HD (English), Surya Movies (Malayalam), DD Bangla and Colors Bangla Cinema (Bengali) .
Additionally, as part of FSDL’s partnership with OneFootball, ISL live streams and highlights for all matches in the upcoming 2023-24 season will be broadcast in over 190 countries.