Bengaluru FC take on Bhutanese side Transport United in AFC Cup

Vastavam web: Bengaluru FC will hope their young guns come to the fore when they take on Bhutanese side Transport United in an AFC Cup preliminary round fixture at the Changlimithang Stadium here tomorrow.The Blues have made the trip with a relatively young squad that includes four players from the Bengaluru FC ‘B’ team along with a few experienced hands in Lenny Rodrigues, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Toni Dovale and Alwyn George.”I must also look after the players who are playing week in, week out in the Indian Super League. This team has players who played an AFC Cup final and tomorrow I expect them to lead by example,” he added.

In Transport United, Bengaluru will be up against the Bhutan National League champions who went through the entire 2017 league season unbeaten.Bengaluru will also have to contend with playing in high altitude and temperatures drop to anywhere between 2 and 6 degrees in the evenings.”The conditions will surely be a challenge for us and we will have to stick to the plan if we are to balance all factors surrounding this game,” Roca said.Finalists in the 2016 edition of the tournament, Bengaluru fell short in the regional final last year and Roca said he was aware of the expectations surrounding the club in Asian competition.While the clash marks the debut of Transport United in the AFC Cup, the occasion will also be the first time Bengaluru play in the preliminary and play off stage of the competition, after the format change in 2017.