Tough challenge awaits ATK against in-form FC Goa
Kolkata: Needing a win to guarantee a semifinal berth, struggling Atletico de Kolkata will feel the heat when they host in-form FC Goa in their last league game of the Hero Indian Super League football tournament here tomorrow.
Having lost in Mumbai, ATK have left it to their last match and there’s that sinking feeling in the camp after a glorious start to the inaugural season.
ATK need nothing short of three points though they might just sneak in with a draw if some permutation and combinations go in their favour.
A 3-1 win in Chennai in their last outing had earned FC Goa a last-four berth and they would look to push for a win and topple Chennaiyin FC from the perch.
Both teams find themselves heading in diametrically opposite directions.
While ATK who held the pole position in the first leg, slumped to third and might go further down with just one win from their last nine matches, FC Goa are in the middle of a dream run winning five in last six attempts.
On a four-match winning streak including the one against leaders Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa have effected an amazing turnaround after suffering four defeats in their first six outings.
Coached by the legendary Zico, FC Goa are showing exceptional professionalism with the Indian bunch complementing the likes of Miroslav Slepicka and Andre Clarindo dos Santos to perfection.
ATK, on the other hand, are a team in disarray and their game has been a little too predictable for the opponents.
The solitary striker in Fikru Teferra is just not working while the midfield comprising of Luis Garcia, Borja Fernandez at times looked too stationary with little support from their Indian counterparts.