After finishing runners-up for two seasons in a row, Mohun Bagan will look to rectify their mistakes as they take on the home side Minerva Punjab on the opening day of the new season at Ludhiana on Saturday.
Coach Sanjay Sen was highly optimistic about his team’s chances in the upcoming edition of the Hero I-League.
“Mohun Bagan always plays to win. There is no runners-up mentality in our team or management. Our only goal is to be the Champions of India. The team is almost new. Last year we were able to beat Minerva Punjab and this season also we expect the same outcome. We came very late in Ludhiana yesterday, we reached very late due to Flight problem. As we are playing an away match so it would have been better than we had an extra session of practice but now we need to deal with what we have in hand,” Sen said.
“The senior players will surely guide the youngsters. Sony Norde is our captain. And the younger boys look up to him for guidance. My job as a coach is to boost their confidence and look after them so that they can reach their full potential,” he said.
Mohun Bagan had a mixed pre-season this year but Sanjoy Sen was pretty straight that pre-season results don’t reflect the team’s preparations.
“The Pre-season is all about the preparation for the season and not much about the results. If you look at our match against FC Pune City which we lost by 4-1 the result could have been a lot different as we created much more chances than the opposition. So I feel content with that performance and expect a great game tomorrow,” Sen added.