ISL 2015: Delhi Dynamos vs Kerala Blasters - Preview
Kerala would aim to at least move out of the bottom spot with a victory in their concluding league clash.
New Delhi: Having already qualified for the play-offs, Delhi Dynamos will take on bottom-placed Kerala Blasters in their penultimate Indian Super League football match, with an aim to top the points table, here on Thursday.
Delhi are now on third spot with 21 points from 12 matches and they will jump to the top of points table if the Roberto Carlos' side defeat Kerala at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
They play their last match on December 6 against FC Goa who are currently on second spot with 22 points with a game in hand. Defending champions Atletico de Kolkata are the current leaders with 23 points with a game in hand.
Kerala, on the other hand, would aim to at least move out of the bottom spot with a victory in their concluding league clash tomorrow as they are already out of contention for a play-offs berth.
Delhi are the only team to have qualified for the play-offs with two matches still in hand. But Carlos said there was still a lot of work to be done and they would definitely aim to take the top spot.
"We will obviously chase the top position. To get to the play-offs was the most important thing. It's a very neutral league and it's important for the players' motivation to finish on top," Carlos said during the pre-match media briefing.
"We spoke about this game. If we think it will be easy, we will lose. That's why I have been talking to them, asking them to take it seriously. Our goals are not achieved as yet," said Carlos.
Kerala go into tomorrow's game with a clear aim, to get out of the bottom of the table.
"We have seen some great performances from the team but we let ourselves down, conceding poor goals due to lack of concentration. Now it's about pride and playing to our capabilities. We are going out to win the game. Hopefully, we want to get out of the bottom of the table," said Kerala chief coach Terry Phelan.
Kerala lost some close games in the tournament, including the home clash against Delhi where Richard Gadze sneaked in the winner right at the end.
"Delhi are a good team. We lost by a goal in the last few seconds of the game from lack of concentration. They have quality players but we still believe we can get a result. It?s not over as yet before anybody starts thinking about going home. We have a game left and hopefully we will get off the bottom," said Phelan.
Assistant coach Trevor Morgan has seen the team enter the final last year and now they are at the bottom of the table. Morgan was clear in his assessment.
"Defensively last year we were solid but this year we have conceded far too many goals for us to be contenders," said Morgan.