Aiming for full points against Delhi Dynamos: Molina
Molina not too concerned with ATK’s slow start.
Atlético de Kolkata head coach Jose Molina is not too bothered about his team’s slow start to the 2016 Indian Super League. ATK, winners in 2014 and semi-finalists in 2015, so far have six points from four matches thanks to one win and three draws, and they host Delhi Dynamos FC at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium on Saturday. Add to that the fact they have never beaten the Lions before and things start looking ominous for ATK, but Molina believes it’s too early to jump to any conclusion as regards his team’s slow start.
“Obviously I want to win today. We are playing good football and want to improve on that. I am not too worried on the position we are in right now as three points today will ensure that we gain 9 points from 5 games which is a point less from table-toppers NorthEast United who have played a game more than ATK.”
Out of four matches between these two sides, three have ended in a draw and Delhi got the better of ATK 1-0 when they travelled to Kolkata last year. This year, both teams are sailing in the same boat as Delhi too have registered one win and three draws from their four matches. Commenting on the Lions, Molina said: “I think the Delhi team started really well in the league and they have not lost yet. I think we are similar teams in the league. We will fight today and I have confidence in my team. Delhi also has a good team with a strong defence and I think it will be tough today.”
Molina also informed that marquee player Helder Postiga will continue to be unavailable due to injury but Tiri and Ofentse Nato could start today. “Yes, Nato is available for today and yes Tiri is also available. I think we can have a good eleven for today’s game and of course there will be a change as Stephen Pearson [red-carded] will not play. Postiga is still injured so he is still unavailable but he is improving and we are happy [with his recovery]… I am hoping Postiga will be available against NorthEast [on October 28], so we will see, ” Molina added.
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Published: Sat Oct 22, 2016 02:32 PM IST