ISL 2018-19: NorthEast United's Eelco Schattorie - Delhi Dynamos would be in the top three If I were the coach

NorthEast United's Dutch tactician is surprised by Delhi Dynamos' start to the season...

NorthEast United head coach Eelco Schattorie believes their next opponent Delhi Dynamos would be sitting pretty in the top half of the table if he was in charge of the team. 

The Highlanders  take on Josep Gombau's Lions on Tuesday and with both teams sitting at opposite ends of the table, Tuesday's fixture will be another chance for the hosts to register their first win of the season. Delhi have lost two and drawn three of their first five matches. 

"It is going to be a very difficult game. Delhi, with the team they have, being low on the table surprises me. I would even dare to say that if I had this team, we will play (be in) top three. It sounds arrogant. I think they are a really good team. A good mix of foreigners and Indian players," Schattorie remarked. 

"For us, it has been a very good start to the season. Have some suspensions and injuries now. How we are going to weapon ourselves (get ready) for tomorrow is a big question mark for me. Our confidence is high. Tactically, how we are going to fight Delhi, it is going to be a tough match I am sure."

NorthEast United

NorthEast United are second on the table with eight points from four games. They started their season with a 2-2 draw away to FC Goa and followed it up with two wins and a draw.

"These things (momentum) you don't control. You can only try to keep the team morale high. That has worked from the beginning of the season till now. I think that is a big issue. For us, we are still developing my playing style. The players want to work hard, they are not afraid at all.

"Delhi really have a good team, they play good football. Till now, they have converted (their chances) into goals. They need to find their way and finally start scoring, hopefully, not against us."

The former East Bengal coach felt that playing away from home should not be a concern and wants to take advantage of the support of the North-East faithful at the stadium on Tuesday.

"There is a difference when you play home and away but I don't look at these things. In our first home game against Goa, we drew but we started very well. Against Chennaiyin, we started very badly and we came back. There is no direct influence that I am scared of, I am looking at it more like two teams playing at each other and we need to prepare in the best way possible to get three points. 

Eelco Schattorie Bartholomew Ogbeche Chennaiyin FC NorthEast United ISL 2018-19

"It (the difference) is more about travelling. Of course, if you play against a team with a huge fanbase, that influences also. But in ISL, only a few teams have really high (number of) supporters. Overall, I think travelling is the biggest issue. 

"I was asking about the fanbase here in Delhi. My media manager said there might be (more people) from North-East here. Let's take advantage of that."

Schattorie is pleased to be able to utilize the effective combination of Bartholomew Ogbeche and Federico Gallego in NorthEast United's attack against the Delhi Dynamos defence. 

"Only thing I can say is that I am happy to have them (Ogbeche and Gallego). I can put it in easier words than that."