The Sachin Tendulkar franchise Kerala Blasters FC will play in their second last league stage match of Hero Indian Super League 2016 at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday against the first season’s champions Atlético de Kolkata.
And the head coach of the Kerala Blasters FC Steve Coppell is looking for the another win to qualify for the Hero ISL 2016 playoff’s, as the English man wants his players produce their best in remaining games.
After a 2-1 home wins against the FC Pune City, the Blasters are currently in fourth spot in the standings with 18 points from 12 games.
After a back-to-back defeats against Northeast United FC and ATK in the beginning their Hero ISL 2016 campaign, the men in yellow have enjoyed a better second half of the third season of ISL, as they won three of their last four games.
And when Coppell has been asked about the poor results of Kerala Blasters FC at the beginning of the season,
“Well I don’t 100% agree with you and since I have been here the judgement is done here on basis of results and not on performance and we started away from home against NorthEast where we lost cause of a deflected cross and in the second game we lost to Kolkata due to a deflected shot so even in those two games with a slow start for us we weren’t miles behind the opposition and it was just unfortunate with a couple of deflections,”
“Since then like a lot teams we are getting into a rhythm and a style and I have come from English football which is 38 games a season. And you can develop a style of play which is hopefully efficient but It usually takes a coach in that season 10 to 12 games to get into a style but in the ISL just as you are getting into a style, the season almost finishes so you know it’s imperative that you try and find that combination of players which will be successful for you as quickly as possible…..We think we are in a decent position right now and Kolkata also might be thinking that they are in a decent position so there is a lot to play for in tomorrow’s game and we are in the meaty end of the season and we will try and play our very best in these remaining games.” Coppell told reporters at the pre-match press conference.
The Atletico de Kolkata has won just one of their five matches at home (the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium) this season, but the head coach of Kerala Blasters FC, Coppell doesn’t believe their form at home will have any bearing on the game tomorrow.
As he said,
“I didn’t know [that Kolkata have won only one game at home this year] and let’s be honest I don’t think it has any impact on the game and the significance of the three points are important for both teams and I think Kolkata has some very powerful forwards and we will have to be at our best against them.”
Till now Kerala Blasters have scored 11 goals out of which nine goals have come in the second half.
On that Coppell said:
“I don’t know [why Kerala score more in the second half]. I think I will tell the players tomorrow to play second half first and we are a reasonably fit team and that might be a factor but I really don’t know [why this is the case]. And people have told me this but no way that I concentrate only on the second half and we say that let’s get the first half over with and score in the second half. We play just hard as we can to try and win the game and see what happens.”
And lastly when, Coppell has been asked for an update on injuries and suspensions ahead of the game, the 61-year-old Englishman said:
“Like all the teams at the moment, we have a few knocks and a few players who are not a 100% and we have no suspensions which I am pleased with and we will be taking a call on a few players tomorrow.” He concluded.