The Spaniard wants his players to be clinical as the Kerala Blasters look three points away from their draw against Odisha FC…
The Kerala Blasters haven’t had the best of seasons so far in the seventh edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). In eight matches, they have won only one victory and suffered up to four defeats.
Kibu Vicuna’s side face Odisha FC last Thursday night and the Spaniard believes that despite the latter’s position on the ISL table, they cannot be taken lightly. Note that there is only a four-point gap between the two teams.
“Every game is a new challenge. The Odisha are no different from others. As we look for the three points against Odisha, it must be said that they performed well. They also played well against East Bengal.
“We have to control the game and make the most of our chances. But we also need to be better defensively. Football is a balance between attack, defense and transition. We need to improve in all areas, ”he said.
Kerala haven’t scored a single goal in four games, however, Vicuna stressed that his players have created several scoring opportunities.
“We are working in training to improve our finishes. The good thing is that we created chances, but the bad thing is that we didn’t convert them in the previous game. We are trying to improve on this aspect.
Vicuna was asked if Kerala would choose to sign players from the January transfer market in order to strengthen their squad.
“We are not looking for anything or anyone in particular. I’m happy with the team we have. Juande arrived, as did Subha (Ghosh). We’re not looking for anyone right now, but anything can happen, so let’s see what happens, ”was Vicuna’s ambivalent response.
Vicuna also mentioned that new signing Juande will be available for selection for their game against East Bengal after completing his quarantine. He declined to give much on the status of forward Gary Hooper.
“Gary Hooper is training with the team and we have to see if he will be available,” said Vicuna.
He also shared his thoughts on the next edition of the I-League – which will not feature Mohun Bagan and East Bengal for the very first time since its inception. Last season Mohun Bagan won the league title with Vicuna running the business. Mohun Bagan has since
“It’s going to be interesting without East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. It will be more open. Mohammedan (Sporting) are going to be a tough team to beat playing in Kolkata. (Gokulam) Kerala and Churchill (Brothers) are very good teams.
“The Punjab are a good team with Joseba (Beitia). There will be more opportunities for Indians because there will be fewer foreigners. We will be following the I-League and there are a lot of I-League players who are doing well in the ISL, ”observed Vicuna.
The Kerala Blasters are in action Thursday and would play another game again on Sunday. Vicuna said while the schedule is tough for players in terms of recovery, it’s the same issue every team faces in this pandemic-hit campaign.
“We can’t do anything on the schedule. In December we only played four games and in January we play eight. It’s going to be difficult in terms of recovery. It is difficult to recover in one to two days. Some players need even three days to feel better. The only thing we can do is focus on the next game. But we know that three days later we have another game. All the teams have a similar schedule, ”he noted.