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ISL 2017: Whoever scores first between Bengaluru and Delhi will win, says Dynamos coach Miguel Angel Portugal

The Delhi coach was also unhappy with the ISL schedule and voiced his concerns at the pre-match press conference

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News 25 Nov 2017, 17:18 IST
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Delhi Dynamos coach Miguel Angel Portugal
Delhi Dynamos coach Miguel Angel Portugal (Image courtesy of ISL)

Bengaluru FC's second match in the ISL sees them take on Delhi Dynamos at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru and Delhi coach Miguel Angel Portugal claimed he had no qualms about playing attacking football when they take on Albert Roca's side.

The Dynamos won their first game 3-2 against FC Pune City after taking a 3-0 lead in the game before Pune had mounted a second half comeback. But Delhi had managed to hold on for the win and three points.

Speaking about conceding two goals in the second half that almost turned the tide in Pune's favour, Portugal said: "I worry about conceding goals but that's football. But I'm happy to continue playing attacking football."

Like Bengaluru, Delhi also play a game based on possession. They had close to 60% possession against Pune and completed nearly 200 passes more than the opposition at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium.

"Bengaluru is a different side," Portugal explained. "I like how they play and Albert Roca is a good coach.

"They play in a way that is similar to my team. Possession is not going to be very easy as Bengaluru will also fight for the ball. Whoever scores first tomorrow will win the game."

Coach Portugal unhappy with ISL schedule

Bengaluru have had an entire week to rest between two home games while Delhi play their second away match on the trot in four days after beating Pune on Wednesday.

And coach Portugal was keen to highlight the difference in rest periods for both clubs.

"I don't understand why in it happens in this league," he said. "Normally in all competitions all teams have the same recovery period."

However, Bengaluru FC also play an away fixture within four days when they travel to face FC Goa on Thursday while Delhi play their next game on Saturday at home against NorthEast United.

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