The Hero Indian Super League will witness it’s first ever final when Kerala Blasters face-off against Atletico de Kolkata. Both sides, would be looking to edge each other and claim the title of ‘The First Champions’. Atletico de Kolkata’s coach Antonio Habas was quick to justify the challenge involved in driving a Kolkata to the finals, whilst accommodating Indian and foreign players together.
““It is been a challenge to fuse together all the different mentalities, the cultures and mind-sets. We have managed to play a very good brand of football. I am happy with the progress that we have made. I want the team to produce their best game in the final. We have had to grind away at times, we have played exceptional football on several occasions, and there have been moments when we have gritted our teeth and carried on. I think we deserve to be in the final because that was what we wanted from day one,” said Habas.
“It has been a wonderful experience coaching Kolkata. I must admit that it has been a tough job as well. I have coached many teams around the world, but this has been very unique. It has taught me a lot and I hope that I can take back all the positives from this stint,” he added.
Meanwhile, marquee player Luis Garcia, who has been sensational for Atletico de Kolkata, expressed his intent towards Kerala Blasters. Garcia, who has dictated play for Atletico de Kolkata, said, “Kerala have played some wonderful football and are deserving of their place in the final. We have also been one of the consistent sides in the tournament. We too deserve our place. It is a big occasion. We want to go out and enjoy ourselves. We are very excited to be a part of such a historic moment in Indian football. From the opening ceremony to now, everything has happened in a positive way. I feel privileged to be here,”
Meanwhile, David James was quick to focus on the success of the Indian Super League. The former Liverpool shotstopper, applauded the League’s stellar outreach.
““I think this is possibly the biggest final in Indian football. I came here with no knowledge of the I-League and now we’re speaking about the ISL’s first final,” said James.
“I think we’re set for a wonderful encounter tomorrow; it’s going to be a wonderful and exciting game,” James added.
Kerala Blasters would ram heads against Atletico de Kolkata on 20th December 2014, and by the looks of it, this encounter is expected to be a stellar tie, full of fireworks.