game against Jamshedpur FC on Tuesday for the Gaurs should bring forth a sense
of déjà vu and a reason to be cautiously optimistic. The Gaurs got off to a
rampaging starts last season – winning three of their first four games with all
wins coming via a margin of two goals or more.
the momentum, though, came crashing down in their 5th game of the season which
coincidentally was against Jamshedpur FC. A 4-1 loss brought at the hands
of César Ferrando brought the Gaurs
crashing back to earth.
season sees the Gaurs again start of with much oomph. Unbeaten in the first
four games, Sergio Lobera’s men have
been able to overcome shortcomings in terms of injuries and suspensions to win
two and draw two of their opening games.
in third place in the table, FC Goa remains one of only two teams to remain
unbeaten in the competition. They will surely look to the support of the home
crowd to egg them on to all three points in this contest.
win for the Gaurs will see them again head to the top of the table and be a big
boost to the aspirations to qualify for the
AFC Champions League.
opening couple of games for Jamshedpur saw them notch up wins against Odisha
and Jamshedpur before sharing the spoils with Bengaluru. Their 3-game unbeaten
start to the campaign was, however, brough to an end in their last game when
the Reds bowed down to ATK 3-1.
in 5th position on the table, there is much to write home about for the Red
Miners heading into the game. The new foreign signings, especially the
performances of Piti and Sergio Castel should give the Jamshedpur fans much to
smile about whilst Tiri remains a potent force at the back.
the other hand, veteran Subrata Paul looks re-energised whilst performances
from youngsters like Farukh Choudhary and Aniket Jadhav have been refreshing.
results from the past matches mean nothing heading into the game. Similarly it
would be foolhardy to think about what happened last season,” stated Lobera
ahead of the game. “They are a team that has a lot of quality in terms of the
personnel as well as how they play. They have demonstrated that already this
are no easy games in this league and if we go into this one, thinking it would
be any less challenging than the team we already have faced would be a mistake.
that, we need to think more on what we are doing and concentrate on execution
of our plans. If we are able to do that, I feel we will be able to come out of
the game with all three points.”
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