ISL 2017-18: David James - We have to jump above ATK

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The former England custodian mentioned that there is plenty of room for improvement as his side gear up to face Mumbai City...

Buoyed by the 3-1 win over Delhi Dynamos, Kerala Blasters shall hope to pick their second away victory of the Indian Super League (ISL) season as they face Mumbai City FC.

The Kochi-based outfit saw Rene Meulensteen being sacked and David James has won four points from a possible six since taking charge.

"Delhi doesn’t deserve to be where they are considering the quality they have. It's a good venue (Mumbai Football Arena) and an indication of where the ISL is going. The venue looks good on the telly.  Our team is confident from the win (in the last match)."

"Mumbai is another talented side and have a different style of play. I've got a coaching staff which is helpful. Players are talented and we need to improve on what we did at Delhi. Mumbai are where they are because they have quality. We aren't in a position where we can afford we lose. We have to try and jump above ATK. We have to address tomorrow (Sunday) as a brand new game", the 47-year-old said.

While the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned side are slated to play six games this month, Mumbai City FC have to play two less but James was okay with the scheduling and only urged his players to thrive off the challenge.

He said, "I think that's going to be typical for us as the next three matches are in quick succession. We picked up knocks in the game against Delhi and we don't have massive amount of time to recover and so the medical team has to make assessments prior to announcing the team tomorrow.”

"This is a part of the ISL; you have 25 players in a team which gives you opportunities to rotate and show they're worthy of being in the Kerala Blasters shirt or be at home watching the game on the telly - one can't complain."

James claimed that he was a fan of the Blasters and hence would follow the results of the team no matter which part of the world he was in.

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"I've seen every game of Kerala everywhere because I'm a Kerala Blasters fan. As a coach, I had to see how they were playing than just how the result was. The nature of the competition now is that we have matches in short succession.”

The three-time World Cupper revealed that CK Vineeth was back in training though he didn’t reveal whether the player would make the cut into the matchday squad.

“I'm a new coach in a new season with a new bunch of players who are happy with two good performances which has given everyone confidence. There's tremendous amount of quality in the team. One difficult thing coming halfway through the season is that you didn’t have the opportunity to work on them to scrap the gap. There's plenty of room of for improvement,” he signed off.

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