ISL 2018-19: FC Goa looking to get back on track after extended rest

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FC Goa have scored 22 goals so far this season and will be up against a defence that has let in 21 goals...

Having played for Pune City in the third season of Indian Super League, FC Goa assistant coach Jesus Tato will be on a familiar ground when the two teams clash on Tuesday. 

FC Goa played their last league game more than 12 days ago and are without a win in their last two matches. Jesus Tato believes his familiarity will not be an advantage and stressed on the club's objectives of getting into the playoffs. 

"Happy to be back here, with a different team in a different role. There are some players who are still there in this league from that season but Pune are different right now so there is no clear advantage."

With the Indian national team set to take part in the AFC Asian Cup in January, the league will be going into a break for more than a month starting from next week. 

"I don't think I am in a position to speak about the break because I don't think it is an option. The national team is to play a competition so the break is obligatory. We have two games to go before the break and we have an objective to stay in the top four. It is not going to be easy because other teams have played one game more than us."

Goa are ISL's top scorers this season with 22 goals from nine games. On the other hand, Chennaiyin and Pune have the worst defensive record, having conceded 21 goals from 11 matches. However, Tato was cautious when asked about the opponents. 

"The game won't be easy by any stretch. They won their last match and will have confidence. We haven't played for quite well for us, it is about getting back to our ways."