Kerala Blasters assistant coach Hermann Hreiðarsson lavished praise on the young Indian players in the squad and the experienced Dimitar Berbatov for their efforts for the team as they prepare to take on NorthEast United in Guwahati on Saturday.
"Just to have a terrific player (Dimitar Berbatov) in the camp is one thing but when he is training so hard... When Berbatov speaks, the team will listen. He is spreading his wisdom across the young players. He has got a lot of ability and has been one of the world's best footballers. It is a massive plus for us," said the Icelandic coach.
"Lalruatthara has gone from strength-to-strength. He works his socks off in every training session. Prasanth has come in and his fitness is unbelievable. He is still sprinting 50 metres in the 90th minute. He is still at it. It is a team effort. I can't ask for anything else," praised the assistant coach, who added that the team's approach will not change against NorthEast United.
"We were in a position three games ago where he had to win six games. We are still in it. We will have the same approach - play for the win.
"Last game we created so many chances. We have tried our hardest to score a lot of goals. The same will be on tomorrow."
Blasters have recorded just four clean sheets in 15 games this season and not one in the last four games.
"There's always a chance you will concede. The goals we have conceded are a little cheap but that is football for you. We scored an absolute cracker in the 93rd minute. But we came away feeling proud of the team. As long as the effort is there and you know that the team is doing the right things, there is every chance that you will pick up three points.
"One of these days, we will keep a clean sheet," concluded Hreiðarsson.