Jamshedpur boss Owen Coyle has hinted that Jamshedpur could make national additions to the squad …
Jamshedpur head coach Owen Coyle sees the Kerala Blasters as a “dangerous opponent” ahead of their next Indian Super League (ISL) clash on Sunday.
The Men of Steel beat Bengaluru 1-0 in their last game and are currently fifth in the table. Blasters, on the other hand, are 10th.
“We had to play nine games in 35 days, but the players and the staff behind the scenes worked together. We’ve obviously had a few injuries, but we’ve had a couple of them back, which will help for the second half of the season. We have to make sure you work really hard and try to get three points in every game.
“The games are very tough – the teams, opponents, exceptional coaches and now with a game against the Kerala Blasters, Kibu Vicuna is already a winner in India (2019-20 I-League title with Mohun Bagan) as he the watch. They will be dangerous opponents and we have to make sure that we are at our best, ”Coyle said ahead of his team’s game against the Yellows who have only one win this season.
He added: “When you win, morale is always good. Likewise when we suffered the loss to FC Goa (2-1) it was very unfair because you all know we scored a magnificent goal in the 88th minute (Alex Lima’s shot had crossed the line after hitting the crossbar) which was taken out of our hands, but we recovered and started again, which we did against Bengaluru. We never go too high when we win and too low when we lose. We seek balance and understand and seek to improve. “
The former Burnley manager reckons Vicuna’s side have just been unlucky.
“If you watch the matches in Kerala, they were very unlucky. Even if you look at their last game, they obviously lost 4-2 but they could easily have scored five or six goals in the game. Against Mumbai [City, 2-0 loss] they went two-nothing because of individual mistakes but they could have scored two or three goals again.
“When teams have had disappointing results, they can be very dangerous. They have wonderful players. I think it will be a tough game and we have to make sure we bring the same work ethic that we introduced in the first nine games of. the season, ”he remarked.
Coyle also informed that Narender Gahlot, David Grande and Nick Fitzgerald are back in training. Stephen Eze, who the Jamshedpur coach deemed to have recovered from his last-game strike, is also available for selection, but Laldinliana Renthlei remains in doubt for Sunday’s draw.
“When looking to get players into your squad, I always suggest you try to get better players than you already have. If one of them becomes available, it will have to be domestic players as we have a full quota of foreign players. So if there is a young (Indian) player who can improve what we are doing at Jamshedpur, I think we would be interested, ”he said.