East Bengal face a daunting task in their AFC Cup semi-final second leg against holders Kuwait SC as they must overturn a two-goal deficit to become the first Indian club to reach the final. Sportskeeda lists the five things that they must do to cause one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history.
Get your team selection and tactics right
The best feature of Marcos Falopa’s reign at East Bengal so far has been his inspired substitutions with players coming off the bench and scoring in four of the last five games. But the situation in this tie requires Falopa to get his team selection and tactics spot on from the very first whistle because it might be too late to make changes. The Brazilian has to take key decisions at right back as Naoba Singh is out of form so he has to choose between the inexperienced but natural fullback Abhishek Das and the experienced but not fully fit Harmanjot Singh Khabra. More importantly, the 64-year-old must pick a system that doesn’t allow Kuwait SC to overrun his midfield so Edeh Chidi should be employed in a withdrawn role to do a job on Kuwait SC’s defensive midfielder Shereedah Al Shereedah. Otherwise like Dempo, the Kuwait champions will have it easy.