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Delhi Dynamos count on home support in ISL 2016 semis versus Kerala Blasters

Delhi Dynamos Coach Gianluca Zambrotta said that home support will play a big role if they are to overturn the 1-0 deficit against Kerala Blasters in the second leg of the ISL 2016 semi-final.

football Updated: Dec 14, 2016 12:04 IST
Sayan Ghosh
Sayan Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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Delhi Dynamos FC team are unbeaten in all of their home matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi and hope to continue that run against the Kerala Blasters in the second leg of the ISL semi-finals on Wednesday.(ISL )

After the narrow defeat in the first leg of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 semifinal, Delhi Dynamos will look to bounce back when they host Kerala Blasters in the reverse fixture on Wednesday. (ATK in final after bloody semis)

Dynamos, who finished the league stage with 27 goals in 14 matches, struggled to unleash their attacking brand of football in the ISL 2016 first leg and Kerala Blasters striker Kervens Belfort scored the only goal to clinch the game for the 2015 finalists.

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Talking about their defeat in the first leg, Dynamos coach Gianluca Zambrotta said, “We have analysed the last game and I believe we need to improve our ball possession as that was a major problem against Kerala Blasters.”

Dynamos will take heart from the fact that they have not lost a home game this year and Zambrotta admitted that home support will play a big role in the second leg.

“The home fans are like the 12th member of our team and playing the second leg here is a huge blessing for us. I am sure the people of Delhi will be there to support us and I hope we will be able to utilise the advantage on Wednesday.”

Dynamos strikers Marcelinho and Richard Gadze have enjoyed great form at home and will play a major role in the pursuit of their first ISL final appearance.

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Kerala Blasters are the only away team who failed to score in Delhi this season and are currently on a four-match winless run away from home. But coach Steve Coppell said his team will not play defensive football on Wednesday.

“Delhi Dynamos are a good opposition and there is no way we will go there thinking we are 1-0 ahead. We will not be over defensive and will try to play the game on its merit.”

Coppell also spoke about how team co-owner Sachin Tendulkar was a positive influence.

“Sachin has been a valuable asset and has already spoken to the team about the match. I don’t think he will be there on the field, but he is surely there in spirit.”

First Published: Dec 14, 2016 11:45 IST