It has not been the best start for ISL’s latest entrant East Bengal as they succumbed to yet another embarrassing defeat- going down 0-3 to Sergio Lobera’s Mumbai City.
Following the loss, SCEB head coach Robbie Fowler highlighted the drawbacks of Indian players for the team not ending with satisfactory results.
With the poor start to the season, the former Brisbane Roar coach recognises the difficult task at hand to move up the table. He also gave a damning assessment of the Indian players’ technical quality in his squad.
“I am devastated myself. I hope players are hurting more than me. We have to go again in 4-5 days. We are still coaching players, some Indian players look like they haven’t been coached before. We are teaching intricate passing. We have to learn pretty quick. We have to be better,” said Fowler in the post match conference.
In both the games so far, East Bengal was exposed down the flanks with wing-backs Narayan Das and Surchandara Singh being culpable for defensive errors.
When asked if the team needed reinforcements in those positions, Fowler said, “I will love to have them in all areas of the park in all honesty. But I can’t complain because we have what we have. Individual errors have cost us. The ball over the top in the first game [led to a goal] and same again today [ Adam le Fondre’s opening goal].
“When you make errors against a quality side you get punsihed. Two goals conceded today were our mistakes. We have to work and try to lift them [players].”