Gokulam Kerala FC seeks to start again against visitors Aizawl FC

Kozhikode, January 3 () The Hero I-League returns after the New Year recess and Gokulam Kerala FC, who played his last game on December 16, will host Aizawl FC, sixth ranked, on Saturday.

What appears to be a clash in the middle of the table can be a boost for both teams, since a victory can lead one of them to the top three temporarily.

Gokulam Kerala FC will be glad to have Andre Ettienne back on the defensive line after the suspension of a match. It is safe to say that Kerala's team felt their absence when they fell 2-1 against Mohun Bagan in Kalyani before the long break.

Speaking before the game, the head coach of Gokulam Kerala FC, Fernando Andrés Santiago Varela, said: The team has a great mentality, strength of overcoming and character, these factors make us strong and we will feel it in the field.

While we made some mistakes against Mohun Bagan, we also had many options to tie and made a very good second half. We have a high morale because we defend and we will always defend our style of play so that the people of Kerala feel proud of us. .

Aizawl FC, who has played two more games than the home team, already has one victory and three draws to his name, which has kept them in the race, but a concrete result has eluded the Mizoram team.

They have been scoring goals, but it seems that the team's defense has often disappointed them.

Young people like William Lalnunfela and Rochharzela have led the attack unit from the front and have been among the targets. However, the challenge against Galey Stanley Rozario of Aizawl will be to find a way not to concede goals.

Aizawl FC head coach Stanley Rozario seemed confident before the game.

He said: In the last three games we have played at home, we have tied them all. It is unfortunate that despite creating so many opportunities we could not finish the game.

I think we need a bit of luck, the game against Punjab would have ended in our favor if the last minute handball had not been given. But not much can be done about it, we have to respect the decision.

He also emphasized that he is very happy with the performance of his players and said: In general, I am happy with the performance of my players (6 points in 5 games), but we have to win the next games to advance in the points table. . I want my players to have a winning mentality and show character and commitment. AH AH