Nazliazmi expects 150% from Selangor in second leg

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The Red Giants cannot afford to take their foot off the pedal in their second leg match against PKNS, says head coach Nazliazmi Nasir.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Selangor cruised to a 4-0 win against PKNS FC in the first leg of their FA Cup semi-final tie on Saturday, but that does not mean that the Red Giants can take their foot off the pedal, according to head coach Nazliazmi Nasir.

In the match that was held at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium on Saturday, Spanish striker Rufino Segovia produced a stunning performance to help his club gain a massive advantage ahead of the second leg. He recorded a hat-trick; scoring in the 39th, 41st and 56th minutes, and forcing an own goal by Azmizi Azmi in the 64th minute.

Selangor vs PKNS match highlights

But speaking to the press after the match, the 38-year old coach said that the tie is far from over, and demanded that his men not take anything for granted.

"I reminded my players to not only give their 100 per cent, but 150 per cent, as this is our best chance of making it to the final match, after last doing it in 2009. 

"We did not play that much better than PKNS tonight, and I believe that the second leg will be a close match as both sides want to be in the final," said Nazliazmi.

His sentiment is astute, considering what happened in their quarter-final tie. Having come away with a 3-0 win against Klang Valley rivals Kuala Lumpur in the first leg, Nazliazmi's men meekly conceded three goals in the second, and came close to letting in more. They however survived by the skin of their teeth, to defeat the Hawks 7-8 on penalties.

But before they could play in the return leg next Saturday, there is still the mid-week league fixture to play this Tuesday, whereby they will play away to Pahang, a potential opponent in the cup final next month, with the Red Giants separated from the Super League relegation zone by only seven points.

Thankfully, the emphatic manner of their Saturday win has given Nazliazmi some reprieve.

"It's a little tricky for me, to prepare the team when the fixtures are close together. Pahang are one of the top sides in the league, while Selangor can't afford to drop anymore points as we aren't quite safe yet.

"So my player selection has to ensure that we could match Pahang, while also providing some recovery ahead of the second leg," noted the former youth coach.

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