Bengaluru FC has achieved a lot in the short period of time. The Blues will face April 25 club of North Korea’s in inter-zone play off semi finals of AFC Cup 2017. The first match of the two leg affair will be played in Bengaluru.
The Indian Super League side had a pre season in Spain. The Indian club has done decent business in ISL draft. This will be the second season of Alberto Roca as manager of the Indian club. He must be in good position to understand Indian players and chose what he wants.
Bengaluru FC will have to wary against the North Korean opposition. The Blues will be an underdog going into the match. The Korean side who are playing first time in AFC Cup has experienced national team players. BFC have retained the core of the last season side. They went for their last season players in the draft.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu signings is a big boost for the club. The Indian custodian has one of the safest pairs of hands in India. He most likely will be making his debut for the blues.
Captain Sunil Chettri will be a key player for the blues tomorrow. He has been the backbone of the side since the inception of Bengaluru FC.
What really interesting would be the new signings of Bengaluru FC. The blues have registered three new faces for AFC Cup campaign. John Johnson has been left out of the squad.
The Australian midfielder Erik Paartalu has experience of playing in AFC Champions League. he will be the big figure in the middle of the park.
Possible Playing XI: Sandhu, Rahul Bheke, Zohmingliana Ralte, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Antonio Dovale, Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Sunil Chettri, Udanta Singh, Daniel Lalhlinpuia.
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The North Korean entered in the AFC cup competitions for the first time and they have made the huge statement. Both the North Korean clubs were among high scoring games. They dismantled their opponents in the group stages and they will be looking to show their strength to the Indian’s tomorrow.
April 25 has been the team to watch in the eastern zone of AFC Cup, the Korean side scored goals for the fun against the opponents.
Kin Yu Song, the 22-year-old forward is one to watch out. The forward has netted 9 times in AFC cup so far. The forward has 6 caps for the national team scoring two goals in those matches. The most famous goal he scored was equalizers against Qatar earlier this year. The Bengaluru FC defense will be on their toes when they go against the strong front men of April 25.
The midfield maestro and set piece specialist An II-bom would be one BFC has to look forward to. The midfielder apart from being deadly with set piece has great vision. He can dictate the tempo of the game, letting him settle down would definitely create a lot of problems for the home side.
Probable Starting XI: Ri Rang, Pak M S, Kim C B, Pak J M, Ri Hyong, Kwon CH, Kim JC, An II Bom, O Hyok, Kin Yu Song, An I B.
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