Want to celebrate goals with Roy Krishna again: Bengaluru FC’s Prabir Das
Bengaluru FC full-back Prabir Das hinted that the team is working very hard to improve their performances and achieve better results as they take on Kerala Blasters FC in Kochi in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) on Sunday.
Das also spoke about his bond with striker Roy Krishna and how he wants him to get back his scoring touch again.
The former ATK Mohun Bagan full-back also spoke about settling to life at his new club during the pre-match press conference ahead of the Kerala Blasters FC match.
Here are the excerpts:
You have played in the Kolkata derby and now you will be playing in a match which is also one of the biggest in Indian football. What is the feeling?
Das: As a player, all games pose a challenge. I'm focused on the game, it's like a derby but the important thing is to bring back three points. We have to treat it as a normal match. Kerala Blasters FC are high on confidence, they've won four games on the trot, so it's going to be a tough game. But we are also doing well even though we haven't gotten the results. We will try to get three points in that match and if not that then at least one point.
How have you adjusted to life in Bengaluru?
Das: I have played in Kolkata before and now I am here. It is hard but I know that I have to adjust to the new players and surroundings. I have settled here now. I didn't start well and was dropped by the coach. But I worked hard in training to put pressure on Namgyal Bhutia who was playing in my position.
I know we're not in a good position right now, but I am confident that if we get some wins on the board, the confidence will come back to the squad and we can make it to the top six. We need to take three points against Kerala Blasters FC. After that, we have two home games, so this match is very important for us. We want to avoid defeat as we lose confidence. We have been playing well and the opponents score when they get the first chance while we keep on missing easy chances. But this is football sometimes.
What is your take on the individual mistakes that are hampering your team?
Das: We are working to cut down on the errors. This year, the Hero ISL is very tight so it becomes difficult to recover if you give away cheap goals during matches. We are doing well defensively. Even though we are eighth in the table, we have conceded the second-fewest goals in the league this season. We will give it our all to get three points in the next match and take it from there.
What are your thoughts on your bond with Roy Krishna? Do you feel you will soon be able to show that on the pitch?
Das: We are trying to work that out. Roy will be happy to score goals. Right now we just need the three points for the team to win. Roy and I share a great bond so if he scores, I feel good. It feels great to celebrate with him, so will try to assist him as I want to celebrate with him again. We will try and do well for the team.
What is your preferred position?
Das: My preferred position is right wing-back. I played a lot there when I was in Kolkata. At Bengaluru FC too when the head coach decides to change the system, I play there. So wherever the head coach wants to play me, I will try to give my best.