Westwood excited by Bengaluru’s AFC Cup draw

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head coach Ashley Westwood has welcomed the club’s 2016 draw and confident of his side putting on a good show in continental stage.

The Blues will ply their second trade in Asia after winning Indian Federation Cup last season and the 39 year-old English tactician is also looking forward to facing some of ‘unfamiliar’ sides from Laos and Myanmar.

“I’m happy and excited that the draw has finally taken place as it’s been a long wait since we experienced the AFC Cup last season,” said Westwood. “We enjoyed our time in the competition last year and we gave a good account of ourselves. We’re looking to do the same again this season.

“You can’t really say whether the draw has been favourable or not, because all the teams are in it by virtue of being champions or cup winners from their own countries. What stands out is two countries we’ve not played in before with Myanmar and Laos.

“It’s an opportunity for the side to broaden their experience and we’re looking to go out there and put on good performances,” he added.

Bengaluru are in the same group with Lao Toyota and Ayeyawady United for the next year tournament and also could meet the reigning champions Johor Darul Ta’zim should they fail to qualify to the Asian Champions League.

“We played Johor last season and put on a really good performance against them, so if it is to be them, it would be nice to face a side that we’re familiar with. Pahang recently had a good cup run in Malaysia and they have a good blend of foreigners and Malaysians, as does Johor,” he assessed.

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