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ISL: Dazzling Delhi take on winless Kerala, seek second away win

football Updated: Oct 09, 2016 16:17 IST
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Kerala Blasters (in yellow) lost their opener to Northeast United FC before going down to Atletico de Kolkata at home. (AFP)

High on confidence after their impressive show in their opening match win, Delhi Dynamos will look to continue the momentum in their second away match of the Indian Super League (ISL) against Kerala Blasters in Kochi on Sunday.

The Delhi-based side looked incredibly good in their 3-1 win against defending champions Chennaiyin FC in Chennai and they will seek another win away from home at the Nehru Stadium.

Italian World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta, who began his stint as Delhi coach with a win, is unlikely to tinker with the winning combination fielded against Chennaiyin FC.

But Zambrotta sought to keep his feet firmly on the ground ahead of the match.

“It will be an important match for us. We won against Chennaiyin FC but we have to lie low and think nothing happened. We just have to focus on the next match and continue to do our best in the future,” said Zambrotta.

Delhi will start as favourites against the struggling Kerala, but Zambrotta looked at the situation differently.

“Now obviously it’s a worse moment for Kerala because they lost two matches against good opposition. But they are playing at home and are hungry. With 60,000 supporters, it’s obviously a big advantage for them,” he said.

Kerala coach Steve Coppell, on the other hand, has called for a massive improvement from his side as they attempt to break the duck. They lost to NorthEast United in their opening match before going down to Atletico de Kolkata at home.

Coppell knows his team must improve.

“I think we can improve in all areas. Defensively we looked fairly tight (in last game) and conceded a defensive goal. The midfield got a little bit detached on occasions and the strikers have to improve our scoring level. We can do that. We are working on the training ground,” he said.

Coppell made six changes in the last game and he indicated that he may continue with the policy of chopping and changing.

“I don’t think there will be significant changes but there will be changes. The nature of the competition is demanding and you have to evaluate the team and individual performances. There will be a few changes. We are looking forward to this game,” said the former Manchester United winger.