East Bengal FC head coach Carles Cuadrat feels his team needs to improve in the attacking aspects of the game to ensure that they convert their good performances into points in the Indian Super League (ISL).

The Red and Gold brigade take on NorthEast United FC in Guwahati on Saturday as they look to end a run of four straight draws in the ISL. The Kolkata Giants will be boosted by their triumphant Kalinga Super Cup campaign and take inspiration from their 5-0 success over the Highlanders earlier in the league campaign which was their last win in the ISL. 

Cuadrat believes his team need to keep working hard on the training pitch to make a push for the playoff spots. 

“As a club, we are doing a lot of things – the team is working well and every game we’ve had chances to win the game,” Cuadrat said in the pre-match press conference. 

“We’re in a position where we should have more points, sometimes due to decisions not in our hands and sometimes due to our mistakes,” he added. 

The Red and Gold brigade have drawn six out of the 11 matches played and feels his team needs more spark in attack to convert one point into three. 

“In 22 games, we’ve only lost four games so the team is competitive. But we are struggling in the offensive part of the game, as we are not scoring enough goals to make the differences bigger,” he said. 

“So that’s why we have changed some players in our team, like we have Victor and Felicio here now and I hope they can give us more numbers in attack. We are also promoting youngsters like Sayan and Vishnu and they give us good chances in the attack,” he added. 

But the Spaniard feels his team are on the right track and have progressed in the last few months.

“We are trying to have a team that can fight for being in the higher statures of the ISL. We’ve been in two finals until now and shown against the champions of the last season, like Mohun Bagan, Mumbai City and Odisha FC that we can win games against them and put them in trouble,” he said. 

"I’m very happy that for the first time in five years, there was no favourite between Mohun Bagan SG and East Bengal and the things happening in the game showed which team should’ve won the three points,” he added.

New signing Victor Vazquez was present in the pre-match press conference along with head coach Cuadrat and expressed his delight at joining the club. 

“I’m very pleased to be here. I’m very happy to be here and this is a new challenge in my career. I’ve played in the MLS in the last couple of years, strong competition and I’ve been doing well. But this is a new challenge and new adventure for me,” Vazquez said. 

“I’m an attacking midfielder and I’ll try to play for the team, I’ll try to score some goals if I can and try to win games because we want to be in the playoffs,” he added.

The Spaniard who is a product of FC Barcelona’s youth academy is familiar with Carles Cuadrat and his assistant Dimas Delgado and feels it was an easy decision for him to come to Kolkata. 

“It was very easy to come here, I knew Carles from before, I played with Dimas a very long time ago at Barcelona B,” he said. 

“I want to feel comfortable, I want to feel that the team will play good football. The team is doing really well this season, so it was an easy decision for me when I started talking with Carles to say that I’m coming and I’ll try to do my best,” he concluded.