Delhi Dynamos happy with their strikers

Alessandro del piero
Alessandro Del Piero: Always trying to give off his best.

Delhi Dynamos FC are ready to take revenge against FC Goa for their 2-1 away loss in the first leg due to a last minute goal. And the entire team is hungry for a win as was evident at the pre-match press conference in the national capital. The capital side are in seventh place with seven points and pocketing the three points tomorrow could see them zoom up the Hero Indian Super League table.

“My mind is completely concentrated on tomorrow’s match and we have to win,” asserted marquee player Alessandro Del Piero at the pre-match media interaction. Asked whether he was happy about his performance in the league, the former World Cup winner and Juventus football legend said he always tries to do his best. “I will address that at the end of the season as right now my only focus is on tomorrow’s game. My current target is to play with my team and assist them in every way,” the Italian forward said.

Delhi’s stand-in coach Mark Luijpers revealed that they had not done any special preparation for tomorrow’s game but the focus is on winning. Luijpers will be standing in for head coach Harm van Veldhoven who was sent off by the referee for dissent in the last encounter against Kerala. Referring to the defeat in Goa, Luijpers acknowledged that it was a “difficult game”. “We also had some injury problems during the game and then conceded a last minute goal. So now the players want revenge,” he declared.

Luijers refuted the perception that the Dynamos’ forward line comprises of old players who are above 30 years of age except for Gustavo dos Santos, which is probably responsible for the goal drought. “Age has got nothing to do with it,” he argued. “We have one young striker and the rest are very experienced players. We are very happy with our strikers. For scoring goals, you also need a little bit luck. Last game we had good chances but we couldn’t finish. Tomorrow is a new game and we have to score!”

In reply to a question, Dynamos’ centre back Anwar Ali deflected a question about the vulnerability of his defence and whether there was too much pressure on their goalkeeper Kristof van Hout. “In the initial matches of the season there was not much pressure on the keeper. In the last few away games, the (rival) team tried to score in the last few minutes. As we were moving up we conceded on counter attacks. With regards to our defence, we have not conceded many goals, we have been defending well,” the former India international pointed out.

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