ATM Head Coach B. Sathianathan is confident that he can take ATM to the final again as they are in a much easier group compared to last year, provided they stay injury-free
Last season’s Malaysia Cup finalists ATM are relishing two tough outings against Selangor in the group stages of the competition.
The Armed Forces, who lost 3-2 in the final to Kelantan, courtesy of Indra Putra’s extra-time winner, have been drawn into the same group as the Selangor, as well as two teams from the Malaysian Premier League, Johor and Sime Darby FC.
And with that, Head Coach B.Sathianathan has expressed his relief with the draw.
Speaking to Sinar Harian, Sathianathan said: "I have to admit last year we were in a tough group, but this year we've got a more balanced group.
"Nobody in the group is too strong or too weak.
"Both Johor and Sime Darby have really strong teams while Selangor are always tough to face."
Sathianathan also believes that if his team can avoid injuries, they will have no problem making it into the final as his team have more experienced players compared to last year.
"So far everything is going well," he added.
"Players are staying away from injures and I hope we can maintain this mood so we can give good performances in the tournament later."
ATM are going to face Sime Darby, Sarawak, Perak and Negeri Sembilan as part of their preparation before the tournament kicks off on August 20.