With FC Goa amounting just a single point, in their two fixtures, the Zico led side looks in danger of missing out on the Semi-Finals spot. With league leaders, Atletico de Kolkata, visiting the Goan Franchisee on 23rd of October, a redemption might be on the cards.
“For the next game, we’re up against the favourites, Atlético de Kolkata, they’ve been very good, strong and clinical but it’s football so anything is possible. We need to win for our fans.” said marquee player Robert Pires, who faced some heavy challenges and tackles, during Goa’s opening encounter against Chennaiyin FC.
“Well, that’s competition for you. In the last game against Chennaiyin FC, I received a lot of tackles and it was the same in the match against NorthEast United, don’t worry, it’s just football. As you know, I played six seasons in England and you know the amount of competition over there so, I like the fighting, I like the passion that takes over you in football and it’s good for the atmosphere.”
Robert Pires, who traditionally plays as a winger, has switched into a holding type of player.
“Sometimes, it’s difficult for me because I’m 40, the weather is very hot but that’s not much of a problem but I play in the midfield so that I’m more free to play and see more of the ball. Sometimes, I do go ahead and try to score but now I prefer to sit back and pass the ball around and maintain possession. I still think that it’s important to move ahead towards goal and the most important thing in the midfield is the communication between partners.” he said.while talking to the ISL Media Team
A high flying Atletico side, will look to dismantle FC Goa, already running low on morale. However, as Pires points out, its football, and anything can happen, a surprise win might be on the cards, massively promoting the home side to four points and in contention for the semi-finals berth.