Schattorie concerned fatigue might play a part in Jamshedpur clash
NorthEast United FC will look to extend their extraordinary run of results on the road when they go up against Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Saturday. The Highlanders are currently enjoying a brilliant start to the season and have 17 points from their eight matches. The team has won all of their four away fixtures this season. However, Jamshedpur may prove to be a tougher nut to crack, given their impressive home form.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of the tie, Highlanders' head coach Eelco Schattorie praised Jamshedpur’s footballing infrastructure and the team in general. He also admitted that his team will need to work hard to maintain their perfect away record. "Jamshedpur haven’t lost here. So, it’s going to be interesting. First of all, I have to give a compliment to the club. This club really breathes football. I really like the setup here. Two, I think that Jamshedpur are a little bit like us. They like to play football. They are very organized, disciplined in defence. They have a good midfield and are strong at the back. Tiri, I like a lot. Overall, it is going to be a very interesting game. We won a lot of away matches, they didn’t lose at home. I’m curious what is going to happen," he said.
The Highlanders have come a long way from the team which finished bottom of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) last season. When asked about the secret behind the transformation, Schattorie said, "There is no magic. This is not something which is because of the coach. In the end, the players have to do it on the pitch. I think what I did from my side was to work on the team dynamics so that players want to work together and get a good organization in the field. And I think those two can go a long way. It's still not the way I would like to play football, but overall, we’re in a good position and I hope we can maintain it."
The Dutchman concluded his pre-match conference by voicing his concern over the recovery time his players had after their last match. "We don't have any specific injuries. I am more worried about our last game against Pune. We had some travel problems. Took us 15 hours to get here. So, in the last two days, training was difficult. We cannot do too much because the travel was exhausting. So, hopefully, we can recover from that properly and still can put up a good match," he said.
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