Roy Krishna expresses desire to win against East Bengal ‘at any cost’

ATK Mohun Bagan start off new ISL season with victory over Kerala Blasters
By: PTI | Benaulim |

November 21, 2020 9:10:28 pm

Roy Krishna scoring the deciding objective against Kerala Blasters. (ISL)

ATK Mohun Bagan star ahead Roy Krishna has set his sights on their upcoming ISL conflict against arch-rivals SC East Bengal, saying they’ve to win the sport “at any cost”.

The two Kolkata heavyweights will conflict swords within the Indian Super League for the primary time, on November 27, after the respective groups’ foray into the top-tier event this season and the Fijian International is all pumped up.

“I know, our fans will wait with interest to see our victory in the derby match. We have to win the match at any cost,” the 33-year-old stated on the workforce lodge right here on Saturday.

“I have heard a lot about the Kolkata derby. I am waiting to play that match as I have never seen that match or even had a chance to play.”

He had scored the solitary objective of their win over Kerala Blasters within the ISL opener.

Roy Krishna had witnessed the fan frenzy of the Kolkata derby.

“Our car was stuck in a traffic jam. I was thinking, if there are so many supporters on the street outside the field, then what about inside the field,” he remembered.

He stated they might miss the environment this time with the matches held behind closed doorways in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You can’t come on the field this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I will miss that atmosphere but I request everyone to pray for our team, keep supporting us.”

Roy Krishna, who was ATK’s prime scorer with 15 objectives to his title of their triumphant marketing campaign final season, additionally opened the account this time to script a 1-0 win over the southern outfit.

For ATK, this was their first win from seven matches against Kerala Blasters within the final three seasons as they’d misplaced thrice and drawn as many instances.

“We won the Kerala match after a long time. This win will help us in the derby.”

ATK Mohun Bagan could have collected full factors however the workforce appeared rusty within the first half and Roy Krishna missed as many as three probabilities. He blamed it on the absence of a pre-season.

“I regret not scoring a hat-trick. I wonder why I wasted the opportunity. Besides, I am learning from this that I have to work harder. More training is needed. I played after practising for only two weeks. I hope I can improve myself,” he stated.

The objective got here after the hour-mark on account of a defensive lapse.

“I’ve spent a lot of the final two months in quarantine. At that point, my spouse Nazia from Fiji inspired me in some ways day by day. She gave me many recommendations to cut back my psychological fatigue.

“My family was up at 2 am and watched the game. They encouraged me over the phone,” he stated whereas dedicating the objective to his household.

Coach Antonio Habas, too, is all equipped for the November 27 blockbuster conflict.

“Now we have to think about East Bengal after Sunday. There will be a continuous practice,” he stated.

Australian star David Williams didn’t begin for ATKMB and was substituted with eight minutes left on the clock.

Habas stated they’d to be cautious because it was the primary match of the season and the humidity added to the woes.

“It is not good for a player to play 90 minutes in this humidity and with this intensity when you have not played for eight months. We have to substitute everyone be it Roy, Williams or Edu (Garcia). But I think he played well.”

ATK additionally had an harm setback to Michael Soosairaj who was left with a swollen left leg after a sort out by Prasanth Karuthadathkuni within the 12th minute.

But workforce sources stated the harm appeared “minor” and the ATKMB left winger didn’t require an MRI.

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