Kerala Blasters FC assistant coach Frank Dauwen encouraged his team to continue playing attacking football ahead of their Indian Super League (ISL) match against Punjab FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday.

Kerala Blasters FC currently sit on second position in the table with 17 points from nine games. They have won five games, drawn twice and lost two games so far this season.

Dauwen acknowledged his team's positive start this season and stated his side need to be patient in terms of creating chances and scoring goals.

“We have started well.. We want to keep playing offensive football,” Dauwen stated in the pre-match press conference.

“We want to create chances to score goals. We have to be patient and create chances in the right moments,” he added.

Kerala Blasters FC are the only side in the top four who have conceded 10 goals so far this season. Dauwen feels that offensive systems often result in spaces opening up in defence however he also recognises thar his side need to do better to close those spaces in the defence so that they concede fewer goals.

“It is normal to give space away in the back but we have to do better in the upcoming games,” Dauwen said.

Punjab FC sit in 11th position in the table with five points from nine games. They have lost four games, drawn five and not won any game so far this season. Dauwen feels that regardless of form, Punjab FC are a good offensive unit with very strong offensive players. The Belgian also acknowledged their threat from counter attacks. 

“They play in a compact shape and they also play well in transition because they have good organisation,” Dauwen said.

“They conceded a lot of goals but they also create a lot of goals because they have good offensive players,” he added.