GUWAHATI, Nov 14 - NorthEast United FC face Kerala Blasters, the team who they played in their Hero Indian Super League opener and lost 1-3, although now in a far better and influential position in Guwahati on Sunday.
NorthEast United FC are enjoying a three-match unbeaten streak which includes two victories (Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata) in a row away and a convincing draw against Delhi Dynamos. The loss in the opener seems a very long time ago as the team has undergone massive transformation since start of the league.
“All victories and losses are in the past. We are focusing only on this game, which is different and one where all our players are available. When we played Kerala, we missed eight players and we were playing our debut game. Tomorrow, whoever shows up with the best attitude will win and we hope that it will be us,” said Farias.
NorthEast United are placed fifth at the moment with 13 points from nine matches. Depending on other results, a victory over Kerala Blasters can propel them to the top of the table, which will be astounding for a team that lost its first three matches.
“We have to take everything step by step, game by game. The focus now is solely on Kerala Blasters. The team is enjoying its good moments and we have to make the best out of it. We have to take the field with the same intensity as the last three matches. This game is like a final for us. These are very important three points,” said the NorthEast United manager.
NorthEast United interestingly will play four of their remaining five matches at home which Farias pointed out was a “big positive.”
Kerala Blasters are at the bottom of the pool with eight points from nine matches but coach Terry Phelan is not giving up hope.