MatchPreview: I-League, Indian Arrows look to bounce back against Gokulam Kerala
New Delhi, Dec 21: Eighth-placed Indian Arrows look to get back to winning ways and finish the festive season on a high when they face ninth-placed Gokulam Kerala FC here on Friday.
Losing two back to back matches against table toppers Minerva Punjab FC by a slight margin tarnished the high flying start of the Arrows, but Head Coach Luis Norton de Matos feels that his team will go all out for a win.
“We are certainly looking for a win against Gokulam Kerala FC. The Hero I-League is very exciting for us,” Matos said.
“In the I-League, the most important thing for us is to show our boys can play with senior players. With no foreigners and mostly 16-17 year olds, even if we finish fifth or sixth it’s a huge positive,” he added.
Sitting beside Matos, skipper Amarjit Singh stated: “We are combining well, we have players from both the U-17 and U-19 teams and our styles and strategy were different.
“In the first three matches, we were trying to adapt to each other. Hopefully, we will play better as we go along, he added.
Although the tide has been against Gokulam Kerala FC — losing two of their three matches and drawing one — coach Bino George and his team will look to turn the tide in their favour in the capital.
“Most of our players are inexperienced. Our aim is to finish inside the Top 4. Let’s see what happens. Indian Arrows is quite a young team. I’ve seen their matches and they are quite fast. Although they are a bunch of teenagers we have to be cautious as they (Indian Arrows) are a very good team and I told my boys not to take them lightly”, said George.
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