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Delhi keen to turnaround season says Uche, Lobera commited to attacking philosophy


Both teams find themselves at opposite ends of the table.

Delhi Dynamos FC host FC Goa in Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Saturday. The Lions are on a poor run of form, having succumbed to three defeats on the trot, and will be keen to make amends against the team that has scored the most goals in the league so far.

Speaking to the media during the pre-match press conference was Delhi’s captain Kalu Uche, who began by stating that the Dynamos were focusing on scoring goals for the upcoming match. “As a team, we win together, and we lose together,” he said. “We try to do everything that the coach says. Talking about the lack of goals, we are working every day and there is a lot of improvement and it is going to be a different game.”

The Nigerian admitted that his team was in a precarious situation, but stressed that the game against the Gaurs was a different challenge. “It’s true that we are second from the last position,” Uche said. “If you look at the statistics, we are not supposed to be in the position we are in today. But that is football for you. Playing against Goa tomorrow, they have a very good team. But the game tomorrow is a different game. For me, tomorrow is the most important game.”

The Delhi skipper also revealed why he has been playing in a deeper role more often than not this season. “Everything you do is to help the team,” Uche explained. “Whatever I have to do is for the team. If you need to come back or if you need to move forward, at the end of the day it is the team that counts.”

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FC Goa lock horns with Delhi Dynamos FC in Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Saturday. The Gaurs are flying high after dishing out a 5-2 humbling to Kerala Blasters FC in their previous fixture, and will want to keep the momentum going when they visit the capital city. Speaking to the media during the pre-match press conference was Goa’s head coach Sergio Lobera, who began by highlighting how important Goa’s attack has been so far.

“It’s true that we’ve conceded a few goals so far and sometimes we’ve not been as decisive in the games,” Lobera admitted. “But what’s important is we’ve scored most goals so far. For us, it’s important to take points from that. Scoring goals is what wins matches and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Having said that, Lobera emphasised on the fact that their defence needs to be more secure. “It’s true that we have to improve certain aspects of our game and defence is certainly one of those aspects,” he opined. “Obviously, defence is an area of concern and ultimately, it’s very important to tighten the defence.”

When asked for his thoughts on the Dynamos, the 40-year-old said: “I think Delhi play a good brand of football,” he stated. “They play from the back and keep possession of the ball. It’s a similar style to what we play. So, we’ll see two teams going at it and end to end stuff. In fact, it makes the fixture even more attractive."


Published: Sat Dec 16, 2017 03:56 PM IST


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