Task cut out for ATK Mohun Bagan
ATK Mohun Bagan, who saw their four-match unbeaten streak come to an end after going down to NorthEast United FC in their last game, will face FC Goa in an ISL IX match at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Wednesday.
Goa were unbeaten in their previous three matches, drawing their last match 2-2 against Jamshedpur FC.
There is very little to separate the two sides in the standings, with fourth-placed ATK Mohun Bagan a point and a place ahead of FC Goa, who lie in the fifth spot.
The clash against ATK Bagan will see many of Carlos Pena’s men take on some familiar faces in Liston Colaco, Manvir Singh, Hugo Boumous and Lenny Rodrigues and even coach Juan Ferrando.
Speaking ahead of the upcoming clash, FC Goa head coach Carlos Pena said: “I expect a very different game (compared to their earlier encounter) where two teams of equal strengths and specialities will face each other.
“We’re not far away from each other in the points table, and are both fighting for playoff spots. We have to be very focused in defence and should try to punish them with each attack of ours,” he said.
However, Pena was aware of the quality Ferrando’s side have despite the lack of goals by them in the recent fixtures. “They have a good squad and quality players in attack,” Pena said at the pre-match press conference.