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ISL 2021-22: Set-pieces continue to trouble SC East Bengal, coach Manolo Diaz calls for improved concentration

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ISL 2021-22: Set-pieces SC East Bengal’s Achilles Heel? It has been far from smooth sailing for new SC East Bengal coach Manolo Diaz. The Spanish tactician has already seen his side succumb to two heavy losses in his first three games. Defending set-pieces have been the Achilles heel of SC East Bengal so far, with five of the 10 goals conceded coming from set-pieces. Chennaiyin FC coach Bozidar Bandovic has already hinted that his team will take a look at that aspect. Follow SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC live updates on InsideSport.IN

ISL 2021-22: Set-pieces continue to trouble SC East Bengal, coach Manolo Diaz calls for improved concentration

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In the opening encounter, Jamshedpur FC equalised from a corner routine through Peter Hartley. Against Odisha FC, Red & Golds took the lead through Darren Sidoel, but then fell behind as Odisha FC scored four in quick succession.

Hector Rodas headed in from a free-kick before placing another powerful header, this time from a corner. Javi Hernandez then got in on the act, scoring direct from a corner while Aridai Suarez scored from a free-kick.

“We need to improve our concentration during set-pieces. That is very important. And we will try to fix this,” Manolo Diaz, coach of the Kolkata giants, said.

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Sidoel too shared similar sentiments. “We started well, we scored the first goal and we were controlling the game. And I think in the next three-four set-pieces in a row, we conceded three easy goals, and that can’t happen because basically, that is how you give the game away,” said the former AFC Ajax youth product.

Chennaiyin FC are aware of the issue plaguing their rivals. Coach Bozidar Bandovic touched upon that aspect during the pre-match press conference ahead of their game on December 3.

ISL 2021-22: Set-pieces continue to trouble SC East Bengal, coach Manolo Diaz calls for improved concentration

ISL 2021-22: Defending set-pieces have been the Achilles heel of SC East Bengal, coach Manolo Diaz calls for improvement in Chennaiyin FC game
Chennaiyin FC during a practice session ahead of SC East Bengal match | Chennaiyin FC Media

“Yes, they have conceded a lot from set-pieces and we have taken a look at that aspect. I’m sure the East Bengal coach will look at that and try to fix it. We will try to make plans for this,” Bozidar Bandovic said during the pre-match press conference.

SCEB are currently languishing in 10th position, while Chennaiyin are yet to lose a game and are currently perched in third spot.

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