ISL 2017: ATK's Teddy Sheringham aims to keep Kerala Blasters fans quiet

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The former England international feels that the number of foreigners in the first XI in the ISL will be cut down in the coming years...

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Season 4 of the Indian Super League (ISL) is just a day from the kick-off when Kerala Blasters host ATK on Friday evening.

"It's a fantastic fixture to open the ISL with. When people talked to me about coming to India, they mentioned about the weather and the fans. It's great for my players to come to this (Jawaharlal Nehru) stadium. It's what you dream of as a boy. The aim of the game is to keep these (Kerala Blasters) amazing fans quiet.

"If he (Meulensteen) wins, I will congratulate him. Otherwise, we will shake hands," ATK head coach Teddy Sheringham said.

The two-time champions are set to miss star striker Robbie Keane due to injury, though the former Tottenham hitman may not be the only injured personnel. However, Sheringham did not reveal much.

"Robbie Keane is our main player who is injured. He got an achilles (tendon) problem and won't be involved for a couple of weeks. We have got a few other niggles that people (players) have picked up in the pre-season. We have still got a good squad," he told reporters.

"Everybody has their injury problems, that's why we have a big squad. We will be putting on a good show," Sheringham added without getting into details.

The 51-year-old picked the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Iain Hume as the Kerala Blasters players to watch out for while reasoning the quality they have to offer.

GFX Teddy Sherinham Dimitar Berbatov

"Berbatov is a fantastic player. I hope he doesn't produce the things the I know he's capable of," Sheringham stated.

"Yes, they (some foreigners) are past their prime. If you have seen Robbie Keane what he is like in pre-season, he was a great leader for us. I'm sure the Kerala fans will love Berbatov with the skill that he produces. Iain Hume as well, whom I have seen footage of. Sit back and enjoy the match."

Sharing his thoughts on the lack of information on the opposing team due to all teams having a freshly revamped squad, Sheringham commented, "It is very hard. Foreign players know a bit about each other, Indian players know each other."

"I think its fantastic for the Indian league (ISL) that they are only allowing five foreign players (from six previously). I'd think it would be cut down to four or three over the coming years. I have been very impressed with my Indian players."

GFX Teddy Sherinham Robin Singh ATK

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Speaking in particular about Robin Singh, Sheringham had a few words of praise for the former East Bengal striker.

"Robin Singh is very different from any of the other Indian players that we have. He is very strong. I was sitting alongside him on the flight and for four hours, I had him telling me how good he is. So it was an enjoyable flight!" the ATK gaffer spoke on a lighter note.

The game will kick-off at 20:00 IST on Friday, November 17.

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