We love to play against teams with a lot of fans: Punjab FC’s Staikos Vergetis
The Shers will have to silence the home crowd to get a positive result in Jamshedpur on Sunday.
Punjab FC head coach Staikos Vergetis is looking forward to facing Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Sunday as his side go in search of their first-ever win in the Indian Super League (ISL).
The Shers have one point from their first three matches, two of which have been on the road. The Greek head coach though believes his team is relishing the prospect of facing another team away from home.
“It's a difficult place for an away team but we love to play against teams with a lot of fans,” Vergertis said at the pre-match press conference ahead of facing Jamshedpur FC at the Furnace.
“It's a very big challenge for us to deliver a good performance against a very good team. And then if good performance accompanies a good result, it will be the best outcome for us,” he added.
Punjab FC have competed well in all their games so far and haven’t been too far away from picking up points in matches they haven’t managed to and Vergetis has faith in his plans to deliver a positive result for his team on Sunday.
“We know that we have a difficult game but we have a plan for facing the opponent and we will try to be disciplined in the plan. I have faith in my players that they will apply this plan well in the game at the maximum level and finally, we will see,” he said.
The Greek head coach has also urged his players to focus on the game against Jamshedpur FC and put the previous results behind them.
“We want to increase the good periods in the game. We are not happy with the one point from nine that we have,” he said.
“But when the game starts on Sunday, all this is history and we will focus only on the game on our hands,” he added.
Aim to win our first game: Amarjit Singh Kiyam
Returning to Jamshedpur to face his former club, midfielder Amarjit Singh Kiyam is hopeful his team can make it a happy return to the Furnace by winning their first-ever ISL match.
Amarjit is focussing on the team’s goals putting personal connections aside ahead of an emotional return to Jamshedpur.
“It's a very important match for the team as we haven't won a match in the ISL in the first three matches. So we aim to get our first victory in ISL in Jamshedpur,” Amarjit said at the pre-match press conference.
“A win boosts the confidence of the team and can change the atmosphere around the team. But it will be a tough match as Jamshedpur FC will come hard at us playing at home,” he concluded.