Erasing the two-goal deficit to rely on the aspirations of the second straight final, ATK Mohan Baga will have to play out of his skin against Allrounder Hyderabad FC in the second round of the Hero Indian Super League semifinals. Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Wednesday. Hyderabad won the first round 3-1 against ATKMB, setting foot in the final which would be their first time in which they spent most of their time at the top of the table.
Before the second defeat against Hyderabad, the league shield winner was on an unbeaten 15-game unbeaten run by ATKMB before losing to Jamshedpur FC, who had their dreams shattered under Juan Ferrando instead of Antonio Habas in the middle of the season.
“In football, anything is possible. It’s not that easy but it’s not impossible, “Ferrando said on the eve of the game.
“We will see a plan for Hyderabad, but the most important thing for me is to plan for ourselves and try to change the score. We have these moments that were not easy, but we need to make a plan. The most important thing is the mindset. It has not been easy for us in the last month but we will try our best, “Spaniard added.
For the Mariners, Roy Krishna will be key to his team scoring goals and the Fijian talisman has got his scoring boots late. Krishna has scored more goals in the semifinals and finals than any other player in the history of Hero ISL. He has scored or assisted in each of his last six semifinal and final matches in the competition.
“He is a very important player for me. He can make space and use it and that is the most important thing for me, “Ferrando said of Krishna.
Hyderabad will defend themselves from complacency as they know that if they do the basics properly and defend well, they can play their first final on March 20. Bartholomew Ogbech continued his rich form by scoring his 18th goal of the season in the first leg. . The Nigerian is in the form of his life, topping the goalscoring chart almost the entire season.
“I am just happy with the result. They played better than us in the first 30 minutes. After that we recovered. They have a lot of good players and they have improved. We have a good advantage with two goals but it will definitely be difficult. We will have a chance to qualify but it will not be easy, ”said Hyderabad head coach Manolo Marquez.
“This is the first time in history that we are playing in the semifinals. We have experienced players but we also have young players. So that was an area we worked on. They were very dangerous because they have so many good players. We have to try to win because we know it will be very difficult if we just enter the pitch to defend.
Ogbech equaled Corona’s record for most goals in a Hero ISL season with his 18th goal of the season. He now needs one more goal to set a new record.