Kerala Blasters will look to notch up their maiden win of the season once they tackle NorthEast United FC within the Indian Tremendous League match right here on Thursday.
Kerala Blasters went down 0-1 to ATK Mohun Bagan of their opening match.
They at the moment occupy the ninth spot, whereas North East facet, that shocked Mumbai Metropolis FC of their opener and impressed many by their defensive resilience, are positioned fourth on the factors desk.
Kerala coach Kibu Vicuna stated he’s nicely conscious of the problem his facet must overcome to earn the three factors.
“They performed an excellent match in opposition to Mumbai Metropolis and they’re an excellent staff. For certain, they’re going to be a powerful staff and a really powerful problem for us,” Vicuna stated on the eve of the match.
Alternatively, Nus will again his defenders to proceed their good run in opposition to a Kerala facet that didn’t handle a single shot on the right track of their loss to ATK Mohun Bagan.
“Kerala Blasters have among the finest squads in ISL. They’re a tricky staff to play in opposition to. They’re good within the build-up, organisation, and set-pieces. They will create possibilities in so some ways. It will be a tough match,” Nus stated.
Kerala and NEUFC had two of the worst protection tallies within the league final 12 months, solely managing three clear sheets every.
Whereas NEUFC appears to have labored on bolstering their backline, the identical outdated woes are haunting Kerala. Of their opener in opposition to ATKMB, the objective that price them the sport got here from a defensive mistake.
Nonetheless, coach Vicuna insisted that issues will enhance with time and that his Kerala facet is actually a piece in progress.
“It takes time and we’re within the course of. I believe with time, we’re going to be higher, we’re going to play higher. We now have a variety of new gamers, each Indian and international. So it would take time to create our id as a soccer staff,” he stated.
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