Among other news of Indian football players, Shyam Thapa discusses ATK Mohun Bagan’s 3-0 home win in Indian Super League.
ATK Mohun Bagan outclassed arch-rivals East Bengal 3-0 in the Kolkata Derby on Saturday evening’s Indian Super League (ISL) fixture.
Still, former Indian footballer Shyam Thapa believes that the Mariners could have done better yet. Thapa insists Bagan players should have scored more than five goals to create history at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.
In this match, Bagan raced to a three-goal lead within the very first 25 minutes and never looked back thereafter.
On the other hand, East Bengal had zero shots on target which only highlights their plight in the attacking third.
Shyam Thapa Discusses ATK Mohun Bagan’s 3-0 Home Win
And while Shyam Thapa congratulates the hosts over their clean victory, he feels that ATK Mohun Bagan could’ve scored more.
The former Indian football player expected the hosts to net five goals or more. This would have seen them register the biggest win in Kolkata derby history.
Also, as Thapa would have felt proud, they could’ve avenged Mohun Bagan’s 5-0 loss to East Bengal back in 1975.
Thapa observed: “When three goals happened so quickly I thought 1975 will be avenged by scoring five or more goals. But in the second half, I thought they relaxed way too much. I understand that they are professionals so they are saving themselves for the next matches. I don’t think they have the emotions as before. We used to play for the supporters and fans. Now they think that three goals are enough.”
“Whereas East Bengal looked shaky throughout the match,” observed Thapa, claiming East Bengal do not have good quality Indian players.
Thapa continued: “Although they recovered in the second half, I don’t think they can win the championship. They started building their team so late and it is a major problem. The management kept on bickering till the end, there was no guarantee whether they would play ISL or not, and now they are suffering. They did not get good Indian players and now with seven Indians are in the starting XI in the ISL, it does not help,”