Hyderabad FC will probably be eyeing a top-four place on the finish of the primary leg after they tackle NorthEast United FC in a mid-table conflict of the Indian Tremendous League (ISL) right here on Friday.
HFC are at present sixth within the league desk, with 12 factors from 9 video games whereas NorthEast United are a notch beneath with 11 factors.
“This isn’t a standard season and I feel it’s virtually unimaginable to foretell who will finish within the top-Four locations. However for us, we should take it step-by-step, and give attention to our sport in opposition to NorthEast,” mentioned HFC’s head coach Manuel Marquez Roca.
The NorthEast have a powerful squad at their disposal. The likes of Benjamin Lambot, Dylan Fox, Khassa Camara and Kwesi Appiah have all been constant this season.
Indian stars like Ninthoi, Lalengmawia, Gurjinder Kumar and Ashutosh Mehta have additionally been spectacular, including some steadiness to the squad.
“NorthEast are a well-organised aspect. They’re a workforce with plenty of younger gamers and a sensible coach. Not simply Appiah, Lambot, Apuia and Ninthoi, they’ve plenty of high quality of their squad and are a harmful aspect to face,” mentioned Marquez.
“I do know they’ve had a number of poor outcomes just lately, however the performances weren’t unhealthy and so they can absolutely get a outcome from this sport, and so can we,” he added.
Marquez additionally has a variety of choices for his beginning eleven. Joel Chianese, HalicharanNarzary and Joao Victor had been all amongst targets in opposition to CFC and the pinnacle coach will hope that they will sustain the nice work in opposition to NorthEast United.
The likes of LluisSastre, OdeiOnaindia, Aridane Santana have additionally been ably supported by Chinglensana Singh, Akash Mishra, Asish Rai and Mohammad Yasir and can all be essential for the aspect’s push into the top-Four.
Fran Sandaza, who limped off within the sport in opposition to Chennaiyin, is unavailable for this conflict, confirmed Marquez.
“He (Fran) is just not prepared for this sport however it isn’t an enormous damage and he may very well be again quickly. (Nikhil) Poojary can be uncertain for this sport and like Fran, may very well be again for our subsequent sport,” revealed Marquez, when requested about damage and workforce information.
Whereas Hyderabad managed to arrest their three-match shedding streak with a commanding victory over Csaba Lazlo’s aspect within the final sport, the Highlanders haven’t registered a victory in any of their final 5 video games, choosing up simply three factors.
However each groups are equally matched and will produce an thrilling contest on Friday.
“Now we’ve got extra gamers accessible than firstly of the season. It’s virtually unimaginable to play with the identical XI when the schedule is so tight so perhaps, we are able to change a number of issues up for this sport,” concluded Manolo, giving a touch concerning the line-up he would possibly area for this sport.