Experienced ATM coach B.Sathianathan is a very realistic man and knows that it will not be easy for his team to reach the next round of the Malaysia Cup.
Having been drawn in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ alongside Malaysian Super League (MSL) champions Kelantan, and Kedah and Terengganu, Sathia believes winning the first two games in the group would leave the Malaysian Premier League (MPL) winners in pole position to get past the group.
“Any team who win their first two group matches will most likely advance to the quarter-finals. And that is what I am aiming for,” the former national team coach told The Star.
The 58-year-old however, admitted that ATM’s task has been made harder by the suspensions of key duo, striker Marlon James and playmaker Bruno Sebastian Martelotto for the first match and said that he would not mind a draw under these circumstances.
“A draw in the opening match will be an ideal start for us. All our three group opponents have retained most of their players from previous seasons while ours is a new team.”
ATM start their campaign on Wednesday, against former winners Kedah at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Setar.