Kerala Blasters will have their task cut out when they take on the current Indian Super League (ISL) leaders FC Goa at Kochi on Sunday.
The Gaurs have once again showed their attacking prowess this season by banging in 18 goals in their six matches but Kerala Blasters assistant coach Thangboi Sinto sees a massive chink in the armour of Sunday’s visitors.
“With due respect to Goa, we know they are an attacking team but if you see their record, they really do concede goals also. The performance is very important, we as a team should definitely start to win from tomorrow. If you see the table, with a few wins, the table will change drastically. Every team is under pressure,” Singto stated.
All eyes will be on Goa striker Ferran Corominas who has once again been in outstanding goal-scoring form but Singto is wary of focusing solely on the Spaniard.
“It is not about Coro only, they have (Edu) Bedia and (Hugo) Boumous who are equally talented. We need to focus on Goa as a team. We, Kerala Blasters, go out there and play with all our potential as well,” the assistant coach remarked.
Under head coach David James, youngsters like Sahal Abdul Samad and Prasanth Karuthadathkuni have been given plenty of minutes on the pitch this season and Singto lauded the club’s approach in this regard.
“I give credit to the club. That is the club policy, not about me or an individual coach. Sahal has shown up but still a long way to go. (Mohammad) Rakip has already been playing a lot of international matches. We do have other talented young players If they get a chance, I feel they will do well. Hopefully, we continue that,” he said.
Meanwhile, Anas Edathodika is yet to make his debut for the club since making his move to Kochi this summer but the Indian defender is willing to wait for his chance to arrive.
“It is a professional club. There are 25 players in the team. The bench strength is strong. There are eight defenders in the team. We haven't conceded goals because of defensive mistakes so it has not been a situation where the coach has had to change. I am with the team,” the defender explained.
The Kerala defender also shed some light on the recent controversy surrounding forward CK Vineeth’s statements on the Blasters' fans following the team's loss to Bengaluru FC.
“I believe there are no issues with the fans. CK told me today that things he has not said have come out as reports in the newspaper. I don't think he has said something about the fans. We discuss things personally with the friends (in the media). I don't think a player will say something like that about the fans,” Anas said.
Vineeth was also defended by Singto, who said, “That is the beauty of football, the most beautiful game in the world.”
“There are a lot of emotions. Every player gives his best for the team. The players are working hard and trying to give their best.”