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ISL: Kerala Blasters fear Jamshedpur FC backlash

JFC won the League Shield for the first time, racking up 43 points in 20 games and breaking a few records on the way

PTI Vasco Published 15.03.22, 01:24 AM
Kerala won 1-0 in the first leg, riding a Sahal Abdul Samad goal.

Kerala won 1-0 in the first leg, riding a Sahal Abdul Samad goal. Facebook

Jamshedpur FC (JFC) will have their task cut out when they take on Kerala Blasters in the second leg of their ISL VIII semi-final match here on Tuesday. Kerala won 1-0 in the first leg, riding a Sahal Abdul Samad goal, but head coach Ivan Vukomanovic would know all too well that JFC, with all their might, can make a comeback.

JFC won the League Shield for the first time, racking up 43 points in 20 games and breaking a few records on the way. It has been a stellar season for the ‘Men of Steel’ and coach Owen Coyle would like to believe the result in the first leg was an aberration.

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“We won’t change our approach. Anybody who watches Jamshedpur knows that we go to win every game. We have to win this match if we want to progress to the final. So we have to score goals,” Coyle said ahead of the game.

“The approach will be similar to the one we had against ATK Mohun Bagan. We respect the opponents and we know how good they are. We will try and be at our best.”

For Kerala, Sahal has had a season to remember and his goal in the last game means he is now the joint second highest scoring Indian (six goals) behind only Liston Colaco who has netted eight goals so far.

Ruivah Hormipam has also been a rock at the back for Kerala, having a breakthrough season.

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