Roy, David plays the right chord for ATK
KOLKATA: the strikers combination Roy Krishna and David Williams is on fire for ATK.
Having scored seven of the team's 12 goals so far, the frontline duo has become an instant hit at ATK camp, raising hopes that the two-time champions can be a strong contender for the ISL title -6, after the return of Antonio López. Beans at the helm of affairs.
Fiji Krishna's international, who heads the team's scorer table with four goals, has joined his former Wellington Phoenix teammate, Williams, this time at the Kolkata-based club. Previously, the couple wreaked havoc in the A-League last season, sharing 30 goals between them in the competition.
While praising the duo for their performance so far, ATK head coach Lopez Habas emphasized on Thursday that other team members should also step up the crucial phase in the next league.
With three wins, two draws and one loss, ATK occupies second place with 11 points in six games. Then they travel to face NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) on Saturday, where a victory will see them return to first place.
It is good for us to have strikers like Krishna and Williams. They are in good shape at the moment and that is a great advantage for us. We want them to keep scoring and help us win games. But other players also need to advance. above and act, said Lopez Habas on Thursday.
Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya, sitting next to his coach during an interaction with the mediators, also greeted the duo and said that having the best strikers in the team relieves pressure on others.
It is always an advantage when you have good strikers in the team. It is a relief not only for me, but also for defenders and midfielders. If they keep marking and we keep it tight in the back, it's always a big advantage, Arindam said.
López Habas, whose team will travel to Guwahati after the exciting 2-2 draw at home against Mumbai City FC He said the goal is to take one game at a time and not look too far in knockouts.
Our position at the table is good. But despite our position, we need more victories and more points. I am not very happy with the performance. But I'm happy with the team that scored the goals. The goal now is to win each match and keep the team on top. And that we have to take one game at a time, said the Spaniard, who guided ATK to his first title in the inaugural season in 2014.
All matches from now on will be important. The last 15 minutes are very important in this league. All teams have quality players. The team's balance is good but we want to be better, added the 62-year-old Spaniard. .
NEUFC will once again be driven by the presence of the Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan , who has scored three goals in six games so far.
Speaking of the threat that the World Cupper represents, Habas said: He is a fantastic player. But we look at the team and not a particular individual. He is an important player for NEUFC and that is why we need to have control of the game. .