The target of ATK MB is AFC Group Berth

ATK Mohun Bagan vs Blue Star SC: Aiming to perform well in the AFC Cup, Mohun Bagan will be looking for a second chance to qualify for the group stage of the competition. Kolkata will take on Sri Lanka’s Blue Star SC at the Youth Bharati Stadium in Kolkata. The Green and Maron Brigades are considered the favorites of the encounter when they take to the field on April 12th. Follow the AFC Cup live updates on InsideSport.IN

The Mariners have qualified for the first round straight after being runners-up to Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League 2020-21. Blue Star SC, on the other hand, defeated Machhindra FC of Nepal 2-1 in an away first preliminary round match against Mariners.

ATK Mohun Bagan vs Blue Star SC: ATK Mohun Bagan's goal is to overtake Sri Lanka's Blue Star SC in the preliminary round fixtures of AFC Cup 2022 - follow live updates
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Blue Star SC: ATK Mohun Bagan’s goal is to overtake Sri Lanka’s Blue Star SC in the preliminary round fixtures of AFC Cup 2022 – follow live updates

ATK Mohun Bagan vs Blue Star SC: ATK Mohun Bagan’s goal is to overtake Sri Lanka’s Blue Star SC in the preliminary round fixtures of AFC Cup 2022 – follow live updates

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Trained by Banda Samarakun, the islanders come here with three foreigners, and the rest of the squad are mostly young men in their early 20’s. With their country in the throes of an ongoing economic crisis, the Sri Lankans have already suffered a setback as some of their members’ kits went missing when they landed in Chennai just to go to Kolkata late on Monday.

ATK Mohun Bagan, however, may miss the services of key players – Roy Krishna and Sandesh Jhingan. Fijian taker forward Krishna is dealing with a personal tragedy – the death of a close relative – and may return home, while Jhingan is suffering from trauma.

Star India defender Jhingan has been suffering from an injury since the international match against Belarus on March 26 in Bahrain. He will take one “Some more days” It would not be wise to fully recover and put his name on the starting lineup with the playoffs a week later.

It remains to be seen who will partner Tiri in the ATMB central defense where the Indian pair of Pritam Kotal and Shubhashish Bose will have to go ahead. Despite the possibility of losing two of their key players, Johnny Cauco, Deepak Tangri, Lenny Rodriguez, Hugo Baumas, Liston Kolako and Manveer Singh will be the ATMB favorites with their midfield key structure.

ATK Mohun Bagan vs Blue Star SC: ATK Mohun Bagan’s goal is to overtake Sri Lanka’s Blue Star SC in the preliminary round fixtures of AFC Cup 2022 – follow live updates

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This will be the first AFC Cup match for Mohun Bagan under their new coach Juan Ferrando as they look forward to a fresh start after exiting the inter-zone semifinals in the last edition. This will be ATKMB’s first AFC Cup match since the Uzbek team lost 0-6 to FC Nasaf in the inter-zone play-off semifinals on September 22, 2021.

But under new coach Ferrando, who took charge in the middle of the ISL and helped them stay third in the table, ATKMB will look for a fresh start. A win on Tuesday will seal the play-off berth for ATK Mohun Bagan.

It is called Mohun Bagan: Amarinder Singh (GK); Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Shubhashish Bose; Deepak Tangry, Johnny Cauco; Manveer Singh, Hugo Baumas, Liston Kolako; David Williams.

Blue stars: Kavish Lakpriya Fernando (GK); Jerry Ombebe, Tharindu Orange, Isaac Adevu, Prince Boadu, Thermakulnathan Kazakopan, Chalana Chamera, Mohammad Arshad, Mohammad Fasal, Mohammad Isan, Shenal Sandesh.

ATK Mohun Bagan vs Blue Star SC: ATK Mohun Bagan’s goal is to overtake Sri Lanka’s Blue Star SC in the preliminary round fixtures of AFC Cup 2022 – follow live updates

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