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ISL 2018-19: We need to be more organised, says NEUFC coach Eelco Schattorie

16:53 EAT 03/10/2018
Eelco Schattorie NorthEast United ISL 5
The NorthEast United coach has noted down ATK’s strengths and weaknesses from their first match and is ready to take advantage…

NorthEast United were off to a decent start in the Indian Super League (ISL) season five as they had held giants FC Goa to a 2-2 in their first match.

In a rollercoaster of a match, the Highlander had taken the lead but FC Goa came back in the match and went ahead before half-time. In the second half, they equalised and snatched away a point from Sergio Lobera’s side.

Speaking on his side’s first match, Eelco Schattorie said, “It was a good result for us. Our pre-season was difficult. We did not really get tested. The first game against Goa was difficult, whereas Goa had the same coach. The same cap of players working on the same strategy. The 2-2 result was difficult to pull off. You could see that we wanted to get the result. Of course, we wanted to win. We got chances in the second half. Overall I am happy with the result.”

On the preparation his side is taking ahead of their second match against ATK, Eelco said, “We have only four days rest after the previous game. The humidity makes it more difficult to recover. It is a challenge for us. We need to be more organised. Hopefully, we can pull off a good result. 

“We had a good recovery session yesterday. Today's session will also be light. You can't cheat fitness. No way to speed it up. The only thing you can do is give proper rest to the team. Hopefully, it is enough to get them as fit as possible.”

Eelco suggested that he had watched ATK’s previous match against Kerala Blasters and had noted down their strengths and weaknesses.

He said, “The second game will not be the same. If you have three to four games then it would have been easy. Of course, I have looked at their last game. I have noted points on where we could take advantage. But it will be a difficult match.”

On asked if there is any pressure from the club owners this seasono perform t, the Dutch coach replied, “I worked in the Middle East. Owners will always expect you to win. It is nowhere different. But I can only work day today. Assess what we have and try to put in a programme and working together biggest chance to succeed. Past is not relevant. I try to do my best and hopefully we get what we deserve.”

On Keegan Pereira’s fitness, Schattorie said, “We are still assessing. Hopefully, he will be fit. We will take a call tomorrow morning.”