Shillong Lajong boss Thangboi Singto has acknowledged their next I-League opponents, DSK Shivajians, as one of the toughest teams in the league ahead of the I-League clash between the two teams on Saturday in Shillong.
Though Shillong are flying high, having won four home games in a row, Singto is taking nothing for granted. "We want to continue doing well and get maximum points from tomorrow’s game. But DSK Shivajians have played quite well in the matches that I have seen them play. Especially in the previous game against Bengaluru FC and against Mohun Bagan," he sounded wary.
"Also if you take a look at their squad, they have very good players. Subrata Pal, Nirmal Chhetri and some very good youngsters. They are one of the strongest teams in the league and I think this will be one of the tougher home matches for us," he acknowledged.
The 42-year-old revealed that the Meghalaya-based outfit is looking to better their performance from the last season where they finished sixth in the standings. "Good thing for us is that we have done well so far. If we win tomorrow, we will be in a better position but still the league has a long way to go before it finishes. Our primary aim is to better the performance from the last season," he explained.
Shillong's red-hot marksman Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka, who is the joint I-League top scorer with six goals, will turn out against his former team on Saturday. "I definitely want to do well for Lajong. I remember that I have scored seven goals for DSK last season. I want to better the record with my current team," he remarked.
Meanwhile, DSK Shivajians' coach Dave Rogers sounded confident ahead of taking on Singto's men. "If you have seen any of our games, you will realise that we have been doing pretty well. Lajong’s four-match winning streak does not deter us, we are here to do what we have to do, go and win a football match," he stated.
The Briton further added, "Our preparation is same for all away teams, be it East Bengal, Mohun Bagan or Shillong Lajong."