Jamshedpur take on Bengaluru in the battle of the newbies in Indian Super League (ISL) at the Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru on Thursday. Placed sixth in the ISL points table with six points from five matches, The Men of Steel will be eyeing nothing less than a win from this crucial away fixture.
Bengaluru FC fumbled for the second time this season when they suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Chennaiyin FC in their last game. Jamshedpur boss Steve Coppell is taking inspiration from Chennaiyin's triumph at Blues' fortress.
Coppell said, "In a similar way to Chennaiyin I suppose. They are a good team. The coach made five or six changes in the last game I think. He got confidence in the depth and quality of his squad. Bengaluru FC probably have the deepest squad in the ISL. It’s a great challenge for us. Chennaiyin came and won and I hope we can also do the same."
Jamshedpur are a great defensive unit which has conceded just one goal so far in the competition. But their attack has been equally poor. On the team's style, Coppell opined, "From day one I think we concentrated on laying a solid foundation."
"We worked hard on our defence. We are not really prolific in front of the goal but we need to improve. In training, we take every opportunity to improve in that department. I am confident things will change as the games progress."
On Anas' injury status, the Jamshedpur boss said, "Anas was our first pick in the draft. We had a thought process for selecting him. A strong Indian player in the central defence means you can play an international player up the pitch."
"So not having Anas meant we had to play an extra foreign defender which affected the firepower upfront. We are hopeful that he will recover soon and we can bring him back to the squad. His injury has definitely affected the team’s performance."