ISL 2017: Rene Meulensteen - "Berbatov was far more on the ball and into the game"

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Kerala Blasters manager Rene Muelensteen suggests that the team needs time to improve....

Kerala Blasters played yet another goalless draw at their fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi against Jamshedpur FC on Friday. It was a frustrating night for the home fans as they did see any goals. 

It is surprising from a team like the Blasters who boast of the strongest attack force on paper in the Indian Super League this season. With the likes of Iain Hume, CK Vineeth and legendary Dimitar Berbatov in the attack it is disappoinitng not to score any goal in the first two matches of the season.

"Its the same question I asked the players after the game. It's nothing to do the willingness. It's just a matter of waiting for the first goal to go in. Every game is an ongoing learning curve and this is another one. The way we want to play will take time and the players will improve," quipped the Kerala boss.

Dimitar Berbatov is yet to exhibit his magic on the pitch in the ISL. He had a few moments in today's match including a side volley which was somehow saved by Subrata Paul. On Berbatov's performance, Muelensteen said, "Every team has got its own identity. Its a matter of having to break them down. If that [Berba volley] goes in, at some point Jamshedpur have to change. I think Berbatov was far more on the ball and into the game."

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The former Manchester United assistant coach praised youngster Lalruatthara. He said, "Lalruatthara is a right-footed player playing on the left. I like his energy, he never gives up.He is also a young boy who has a lot to learn."

When asked about positives from this match, the coach said, "Clean sheets. And one thing they cannot say is that we haven't got a fantastic goalkeeper."


 

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