Kolkata: Atletico de Kolkata(ATK) welcome Marco Materazzi’s Chennaiyin FC in a round 10 encounter of the Hero ISL on Wednesday. Chennaiyin FC, who lie at the foot of the standings, have struggled to put a decent run and will be gunning for revenge for their opening day defeat against the defending champions, as they look to dislodge themselves from the foot of the table.
Chennaiyin manager Marco Materazzi was optimistic about his team’s chances during the pre match press conference, as he goes in search for a winning streak and was quoted saying, “We are still not able to play to our potential but we’re still hopeful of a turnaround. Two-three wins can turn the table.”
Kerala Blasters’ victory over Cesar Farias’ NorthEast United on Sunday, further complicated the matters with all eight teams still having an equal opportunity to progress to the semi-finals. Chennaiyin will again look to depend on their talismanic duo of Elano and John Stiven Mendoza, both of whom have been a bit off-colour in the last few matches but their manager seemed to publicly back his players.
Meanwhile Atletico de Kolkata come into the game on the back of an away draw with Delhi Dynamos and will look to consolidate their place in the playoffs with a double over Chennaiyin FC, but Habas was seen joking that he has already achieved the points required to qualify for the playoffs.
“The magic number is 12 points. I’m not looking too far ahead but our focus is on winning tomorrow,” the ISL winning coach said, even as the target seems stiff as they have lost their last two matches on home turf with three points from three matches.
ATK have found it hard to adapt to the natural turf of the Salt Lake Stadium, having won only two of their four home fixtures, and Antonio Lopez Habas was seen complaining about the lack of time to practice at the stadium in the pre match press conference.