Margao: Having beaten HAL in the first leg and
playing at home, Salgaocar holds physiological advantage over
their rivals when they clash with each other on Friday at the
Nehru Stadium in Fatorda here in the return match of the
Salgaocar`s impressive performance in the second leg when
they beat ONGC, Chirag and Viva Kerala with a thumping victory
has helped them to take a five point lead over East Bengal,
are keen to consolidate their position at the top after having
garnered 37 points from 16 matches.
With league matches against tougher teams, Churchill
Brothers, Dempo, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan later, they are
keen to extend their lead by winning their next four matches
before they play against Churchill Brothers and Dempo which
will be crucial for winning the League title.
Salgaocar, success has been their teamwork where their
midfield has excelled and played in unision throughout along
with their strikers Yusif Yakubu and Ryuji Sueoka who has been
the second highest scorer with 14 goals, behind Churchill
Brothers Odafe Okolie who is leading the score chart with 16
Jaspal Parmar who is nursing an injury will not play
tomorrow for Salgaocar, while the rest of the team remains the
Salgaocar`s coach Karim Bencherifa has expressed
happiness with the way his boys are playing.
Now that they have succeded in reaching at the top of the
table. They now need to believe in themselves and remain focus
and keep on winning to keep the momentum going as the contest
will get more tougher towards the end where we have to face
tougher teams, stated Bencherifa.
HAL is a good side and is playing well in the second
phase. The boys have to play the same way as they have been
playing and secure an early goal to put the rivals under
pressure, stated Bencherifa.
HAL have collected five points from their last three
matches to stay 7 points away from relegation.
They come here with a win against Mumbai FC which has
boosted their confidence and will be looking for a win
tomorrow to consolidate their position.