Delhi Dynamos host Atletico de Kolkata, as they eye the double over the side from Kolkata in the second edition of the Hero Indian Super League.
Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata, boosted with the return of their marquee player Helder Postiga, will face Delhi Dynamos in the Hero Indian Super League clash in Delhi on Saturday, as both teams look to book a spot in the semi-finals.
Postiga had made a bright start to his Atletico de Kolkata career, as he scored a brace in his debut match against Chennaiyin but had also injured his hamstring in the process. Postigaa s sheer presence should be enough to motivate the squad, as the Portuguese tries to regain his match fitness.
Antonio Lopez Habas didna t let emotions come to his face, but would be pretty relieved to be able to count on the services of his marquee player. The over reliance on Iain Hume has cost ATK quite a few matches and Habas was quoted saying during the press conference that everybody was awaiting for Postiga.
a We were all waiting for him.a
Helder Postiga, who accompanied Habas to the press conference, had a flood of question to answer to and took his time to reply to all the questions.
Postiga said: a I am at this moment in my last phase of recovery. I am happy to be here. I hope to get more fit.
a For me, this is the best team. I have lot of confidence in my friends and my coach and I hope the team wins the last games and qualify for the play-offs. I hope I can help in the next games.a
Delhi Dynamos coach Roberto Carlos was quite tactful when questioned about Helder Postigaa s return to the ISL. a For the opponents, it’s a moment to be happy.a
The Brazilian though was quite straight forward regarding the players returning from national duty, as he gave a sneak peak to the Delhi Dynamosa line-up ahead of the game. Carlos confirmed that Robin Singh, who scored a beautiful goal with his weaker foot against Guam, would be starting alongside the West Bromwich Albion youngster Adil Nabi.
a Tomorrow, I am considering to start (Adil) Nabi with Robin Singh. We will be attacking and want a win. I will see what is the best. I will position the team so that Robin and Nabi can play together,a said Carlos.
Delhi Dynamo nicked a win at the Salt Lake Stadium, courtesy a goal from Gustavo dos Santos late in the injury time and will hope to do the double over the defending champions. Carlos when quizzed whether he may play some part during the game answered positively.
The Brazilian said, a It depends. It’s possible. For me I feel very happy when I am on the pitch. I have fun when I play football.a
Both Delhi Dynamos and Atletico de Kolkata have a glorious opportunity to move to the top of the standings, so one can expect a cagey tactical battle.
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