ISL 6: ATK support for a tough FC Goa test
KOLKATA: One day after its merger with Mohun Bagan was announced next season, ATK I was looking to stay focused on the job in question: a difficult task against FC Goa in the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday.
Sitting third at the table with 21 points in 12 games, Antonio López Habas' men cannot afford a new slip after their undefeated home run came to an end with a 1-2 defeat to Kerala Blasters the other night.
Los dos veces campeones se quedarán sin Antonio López Habas después de que el entrenador en jefe fue expulsado por enfrentarse con el personal de apoyo de los Blasters en su juego anterior. En su ausencia, los entrenadores asistentes Manuel Cascallana y Sanjoy Sen se harán cargo in the banquillo.
On the field, ATK will once again rely on star forward Roy Krishna, who has netted eight of the team’s 21 goals so far. The Fijian international has been getting good support from David Williams, who has scored five goals. But the Australian striker has been ruled out for the second successive match with a hamstring injury.
Balwant Singh is likely to start over, while former East Bengal striker Jobby Justin will also face off.
Midfielders Javier Hernández, Mandi Sosa, Michael Soosairaj and Jayesh Rane have combined well with the attack line, which so far has scored 11 goals at home. Experienced Edu García will be available for selection after recovering from an injury.
Local guys Kotal Pritam and Prabir Das, along with the Spaniards Víctor Mongil and Agus García will be in charge of containing the attacks of Goa.
Assistant coach Manuel insisted that the exclusion of Habas will not affect the performance of the team.
(The exclusion of Habas) will not be a big problem for us. We are a team, we are a collective team. Without Antonio we will play the same way. It is important to win tomorrow. It is a great difficult game. We feel really comfortable here in Kolkata and it will be great for us to perform well here over the next month, Manuel added.
Upon welcoming the fusion movement, Manuel felt it was a step in the right direction.
This is a very good move for India and for Kolkata. Two big teams are coming together. We have utmost respect for Mohun Bagan and their gigantic supporter base. We respect our fans who have been following us from the first season. I think it's very good news for ATK, he said.
Goa, on the other hand, will look to do a ‘double 'on ATK, having beaten them 2-1 in the first leg at home.
With 24 points in 12 games, the team coached by Sergio Lobera has been in good shape in recent times, following a 2-0 dominant victory over NorthEast United FC.
Like ATK, Goa raly heavily on Ferran Corominas (Chorus). The Spanish striker will be hungry for goals, looking to take his tally beyond eight.
Hugo Boumous es otro jugador que ha jugado un papel influyente in the mediocampo. El marroquí francés de 24 años ha marcado cuatro goles y ha brindado tantas asistencias hasta ahora.
Goa, sin embargo, extrañará al centrocampista Brandon Fernandes, quien lidera la tabla con cinco asistencias. La ausencia de Brandon, quien recogió su cuarta tarjeta amarilla in the juego anterior, podría abrir las puertas a Seminlen Doungel o Manvir Singh.
Lobera said visitors must work as a team to reach the top.
We always need to have a plan B, a plan C, a plan D or an plan F. We lost many important players. But the team was still working very well. Tomorrow is another great challenge since we play against a very good player. equipment. The most important thing for us is to work as a team, not as individuals, he said.