Have to be at our best against dangerous Kerala Blasters FC: Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle
Ahead of the clash against Kerala Blasters FC on Sunday, Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle wants his side to stay focussed and wary of the threat Kerala poses to them in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) based on their recent form but also feels that displaying their best game can help them win.
Coyle heaped praise for his opponents and admitted Kerala have dangerous offensive players in their ranks, but are very much looking forward to facing them.
Ahead of his side’s clash against Kerala Blasters FC, Coyle addressed the media during a pre-match press conference.
Here are the excerpts from Coyle’s press conference:
Two consecutive clean sheets and technically three if you count the ATK Mohun Bagan game as well, your thoughts on being mean at the back?
It's always nice when we get the clean sheets. We felt a couple of games earlier, we could have had them and we were giving a sloppy goal away here and there. But it comes down to that focus and concentration and only that again, because we're playing a wonderful team and the in-form team at the moment in the league is Kerala blasters who are doing very well, particularly offensive players. (Jorge) Dias, (Alvaro) Vazquez and (Adrian) Luna with Sahal Samad, are some terrific players.
We've got to be wary of the threat they've got, give them the utmost respect as we always do. But it's a game that we're looking forward to and if we can keep it tight and keep a clean sheet in the back, it certainly will give us a great platform to go and win a tough game.
Kerala Blasters FC have shown good attacking prowess in the last two matches with two big wins. Who are the two most dangerous players in the squad?
They have wonderful foreigners, their offensive players. Vazquez and the strikers played at a very high level, Diaz is a very good player, Luna, very clever, they've all played at a very high level and young Sahal Samad is an offensive player who is pleasing on the eye, quick and can score a goal, can create a goal. They've got dangerous players and they're a dangerous team and that's the thing, it's not about the individuals alone but they work very hard as a team and they will be very dangerous opponents, tough opponents. It's a game that we're looking forward to, giving utmost respect.
We may have one or two injuries but we'll put a team on the field that's going out there all out ready to win the game. And if we were at our very best then it's a game that we can win.
With Narender Gehlot and Anas Edathodika performing well, can we expect an all Indian defence to play alongside three foreign strikers in the upcoming matches?
Well, there's always a possibility. In fairness to Anas, he's training hard every day. He's been out for a long period with that injury but he's come back and he came on in the game against Mumbai and did very well. He's training very hard. He's a tremendous professional and that gives you options. That being said, we know we have two wonderful centre backs in Eli Sabia and obviously the skipper Peter Hartley.
So, we're pleased with the foreign players as we are with our Indian lads. But of course, it always gives you options moving ahead in the games to come.
Mobashir (Rahman) was a starter last season but Jitendra Singh has impressed too so far. What role will be assigned to Mobashir once he returns?
That's competition for places. That's the same as Alex Lima, there is Pronay Halder in there and now Mobashir is there and he is back training, which is great and he's training at a good level. What Mobashir now needs is minutes on the field. But you're right, young Jitendra has really stepped up and his consistency and his level of performance have been of very high standard. He's played through a few niggles as well, which shows you the size of the heart he has. So I've been delighted with him and he's got a great attitude and so Jitendra and Mobashir are two tremendously talented boys who I enjoy working with and hopefully, we can still continue to improve them.