NUEUFC have ATK in their sights
With techinal director Avram Grant at helm, NorthEast United finally got back into the groove by defeating FC Goa in the last match but their task will be cut out as they take on Teddy Sheringham's ATK in the Hero Super League at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati on Friday.
The Kolkata outfit have won just twice in eight games and can cut the gap to the playoff spots to just two points with a victory.
Their assistant coach Bastob Roy likened the situation to that of Real Madrid in the La Liga - saying that this was how football was and that they would now have to create their own luck rather than rely on the rub of the green.
"Have you seen the situation of Real Madrid? This is football, it's part of the game and we are trying to come out of this situation. We still think we can make the playoffs. The table is very unpredictable and with two wins in a row, we may be able to achieve it. Chance factor has been against us. We are not looking behind but looking forward. The only thing we can do is hard work. Luck is not in our hands. In football you have to score and not concede. That's what we work on," he said.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea manager Grant will look for the attitude which was seen against FC Goa, when his side notched their first win after four defeats on the trot. They can leapfrog ATK with a win and that will be the most motivating factor for them.
"I think we need to improve a lot. I like to implement attacking football but for us to reach the desired level is difficult. So the immediate focus is to remain organised and be together," said NorthEast assistant coach Eelco Schattorie.
"Two areas which need work on is to bring the team together. Secondly, we need to improve in the area of scoring goals but that is the most difficult as well. We can't train today to score and score tomorrow. That is not how it works. That only works when you have (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo," he added.
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