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Baichuing-Barreto complete Bagan's dream line-up

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Kolkata, June 7 (UNI) Mohun Bagan today unveiled their deadly duo for the coming season in Jose Barretto and Baichung Bhutia.

Club President Sapan Sadhan Bose said, ''We had promised a lethal combination this season and we have delivered it this season.'' While Baichung came straight from Kohima to the club premises to the mad euphoria of thousands of fans, Barreto expressed his love for the club in a recorded meassage.

Baichung said, ''I have come to the club as I could not play the last time I was here due to an injury. I really want to deliver 110 per cent this season and repay my debts.'' Asked why did he leave East Bengal, he said, ''Its a challenge.

Its a new barrier that I would like to overcome. Playing along side a fantastic striker like Barreto is no less motivation.'' On his expectations, he said, ''We have a very good team and if we play to our potential then we should bring smiles to the thousands of supporters and I am sure we will do that.'' Barreto, in a recorded message, said, 'I have come back to the club because of the love of the members and supporters. I love the club and would try my best to keep the flag flying high.'' Mr Bose also announced that the captain for the next season would be Barreto and vice-captain would be Mehrajuddin Wadoo.

Talking about Dippendu Biswas's inclusion, coach Biswajit Bhattacharjee said, ''He was never included on sympathetic grounds.

He has something to give to soccer and we will use that. There is an acceptable risk that we are willing to take for this player.'' ''I had my playing career cut short due to a broken leg that left me on bed for 10 years and so I know how it feels for a fully professional player. He has got his chance on his merit,'' he said.

Club President wished Dippendu luck and hoped that the player will complete his 200 goals this season.

The support staff announced included Biswajit Bhattacharjee (coach), Atanu Bhattacharya (Goalkeeper coach) and Robson (physical trainer).

Team: Goalkeepers:Subrata Pal, Imran, Sangram mukherjee, Shilton Pal.

Defenders: Manas Das, Dulal Biswas, Sanjib Maria, Edu, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Bijoy Basfore(Md Sporting), Ravannan (Dempo), Dipak Mondal(Mahindra), Gautam Debnath (TFA).

Midieklders: Tomba Singh, Dharamjit Singh, Mehtab Hossain, Chinmoy Sarkar, Basudeb Mondal, Subhas Chakraborty (Mahindra), Satyajit Bose (Md Sptng), Suman Dutta (Md Sporting), Lal Kamal Bhowmik (Eveready), Micky Fernandez(Salgaocar), Forwards: Sushil Singh, Dippendu Biswas, Lalampuia, Ayan Chowdhury (Tollygunge), Baichung Bhutia (East Bengal), Barreto and Surojit Bose(Mahindra).

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