ISL: FC Pune City vs Kerala Blasters - Preview

Having registered their first win at home, FC Pune City are gearing up to take on Kerala Blasters with renewed confidence in the Indian Super Leage football here on Thursday.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 29, 2014, 23:24 PM IST
ISL: FC Pune City vs Kerala Blasters - Preview

Pune: Having registered their first win at home, FC Pune City are gearing up to take on Kerala Blasters with renewed confidence in the Indian Super Leage football here on Thursday.

A day ahead of the game, the Pune franchise got its first official celebrity fan in Bollywood actress Esha Gupta.

Following the announcement of Hrithik Roshan becoming the co-owner of FC Pune City and Arjun Kapoor its brand ambassador, Gupta's fan status comes as an impetus to the club's morale.

After a comprehensive victory against FC Goa, FC Pune City are confident and will look to put up another good performance in front of the home crowd.

The last game saw marquee player David Trezeguet coming to the fore and this augurs well for the side, which will definitely get motivated by the star French striker's return to form.

Kostas Katsouranis, who was the man of the match in the last game, will look to continue his fine form and he will play a critical role against Kerala. While he controls the midfield alongside Lenny Rodriguez, Ashutosh Mehta and Israil Gurung, with their attacking instincts, will be a formidable force for the opposition ranks.

The Indian players have been impressive so far and they will look to continue this run. Lenny has been quietly maneuvering the midfield and supplying some great balls for the forwards. Ashutosh and Israil have been instrumental at the flanks and have managed to provide ample balls for the strikers.

Head coach Franco Colomba is pleased with the side's performance against Goa and will want to make it two out of two at home.

He said, "It was very important that we got our first win and this coming at home makes it even sweeter. I want the players to go out there and play to their potential, and I see no reason why we can't win tomorrow."