Antonio Habas: Jamshedpur can still challenge for the top four

ATK FC face off against Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Sunday with a chance to reclaim the top spot in the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 table. The Kolkata-based side will look to secure all three points against a struggling Jamshedpur side, who have won just a single match in their last eight outings.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, ATK head coach Antonio Lopez Habas shared his views on the upcoming challenge and said, “We have maximum respect for Jamshedpur. I know Jamshedpur head coach Antonio Iriondo. His teams play good football. They still have the possibility to fight for the top four.”

Addressing Jamshedpur’s slump after a strong start to the season, Habas opined, “Sometimes, you start very well, but it’s not possible to maintain the same form in all the games. (Irrespective of their current form), we respect our opponents to the fullest.”

The Spaniard also spoke about the competitiveness of the Hero ISL, stating, “It is a difficult game because it’s the last few matches of the competition. All teams are limited due to stress and nervousness. This might not be good for football. It is difficult to keep the balance during the 90 minutes. It’s a very competitive league, all the teams play so many matches with four to five days gap. Our aim is always to win the three points on Sunday.” 

Providing an injury update, the ATK camp revealed that Pronay Halder hasn’t travelled with the squad to Jamshedpur.

Habas was joined by Australian striker David Williams, who was confident of playing a part against Jamshedpur after missing out on ATK’s last few matches due to an injury. “I feel fit, I’m in the squad, so I hope to play a part in the game. I’m looking forward to playing some football.”

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