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ISL will be on the same level as the Serie A, La Liga - Zambrotta


The Italian differs with Zico; bats for 6 foreigners in ISL.

Delhi Dynamos will lock horns with Atletico de Kolkata at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium on Saturday. The visitors have a better goal difference going into the match. The 39-year-old former Italian international seemed cautious of the home team’s strength at the pre-match press conference on Friday.

“Atletico de Kolkata has a very good squad. Although their forwards aren’t performing as expected of them, we are not taking them very lightly. We have a very difficult match ahead but we will have our chances that is for sure,” Zambrotta told the press ahead of Saturday’s clash.

Zambrotta took charge of the team earlier this year amid raised expectations after the Lions made their maiden semi-final appearance under Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos last year. When asked what attracted him to the Indian Super League, Zambrotta said, “I didn’t have a second thought as regards coming here and coaching in India. India has a good opportunity to grow in the right way. It is very important that we have good coaches as well as foreign players here because in a few years it will be a very competitive league. Hence, I didn’t have to think much about making this decision.”

“The difference between the ISL and La Liga or Serie A… there is a considerable difference. But the positive thing is that the ISL is growing very well. So, a few years down the line, it will be on the same level as the Serie A, La Liga or any other league,” the former Juventus and Barcelona star added.

Zambrotta also gave his opinion on the ongoing debate stirred up by NorthEast United FC head coach Nelo Vingada that the league should allow seven Indians and four foreigners making up the playing XI to help Indian football grow at a faster rate. The current guidelines, however, allow six foreigners and five Indians. “At the moment the balance is very good. But it is very important the way you choose players and coaches as per the level of play. You need to ensure that the quality remains [as it has been over the last two seasons]. At the moment, it is well-balanced,” Zambrotta said.

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Report by Khel Now Correspondent Rony. Sports passionate and content writer. He is big football and cricket fan.

Published: Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:40 PM IST


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