Having a disastrous start in two home games, ATK is ready to face a test against Bengaluru FC tomorrow at that Yuba Bharati Krirangan, in Kolkata.
Steve Coppell, stated in a press conference that the standings doesn’t matter until six matches in a league. ATK having a disappointed start to the fifth season of the Indian Super League has turned around since their first victory in the away match against Delhi Dynamos FC. The League resumed from the International break with a fortunate start over for ATK as they held Jamshedpur and notched their first home win by beating the defending champions, Chennaiyin FC.
“A win at home is just another win. It seems that it’s hard to win at home in the ISL. But we won the last game and well look to build a momentum going forward by winning again” said Coppell.
Bengaluru side had made a flying start to the season under Coach Carles Cuadrat with a 1-0 win against the defending champions Chennaiyin FC. They also held Jamshedpur to a draw and won against Pune City FC with a 3-0 win.
Bengaluru has been strong at home. But it is their away form which has been sensational for some time now. The side won seven out nine matches in their debut season last year. Carles will hope, the squad maintains their stronghold over ATK with the side having won both the games against the opponent last season.
Miku and Sunil Chettri were the duo who accounted for all the five goals except one, this season. Carles would be hoping that the side taking the hosts under pressure in the presence of the duo.
“They scored lot goals last season and the idea is to bring the best out of them this year too.” Carles said about Miku and Sunil.
“They are professionals and they have the hunger to put on a good show”
But with Kalu Uche, the man who got off the mark in ATK colors in the win over Chennaiyin was John Johnson, the former Bengaluru defender who will line-up against his team-mates for many years.
Keeping a clean sheet against Bengaluru side with the star duo of Bengaluru will not be that easy a task though.
Coppell will be relieved about is the fact that his team have broken their goal-scoring drought at home this season after firing blank in their first two matches against Kerala Blasters and NorthEast respectively.