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Kolkata: Plagued by damage blues and back-to-back losses, fortifying champions Atletico de Kolkata face challenging challengers Delhi Dynamos in an Indian Super League (ISL) confront during a Salt Lake Stadium here on Thursday.
The fortifying champions will skip their many devoted defender, Spaniard Josemi who is recuperating from a left-knee injury.
ATK had a splendid start to a contest violence Chennayin FC (3-2) and a Kerala Blasters (2-1). They also managed to eke out a lift with FC Goa (1-1) though afterwards surrendered to FC Pune City (0-1) and NorthEast United (0-1) in uninterrupted divided matches. ATK’s back-to-back defeats are a initial in a ISL’s brief history.
On a other hand, a Dynamos have had a vibrated tour in their final few games. With 9 points in their bag from 5 outings, a win here will see them propel to a tip of a leaderboard. However, they had mislaid their prior tie opposite Mumbai City FC (0-2) and entrance into a track with 65,000 assertive fans entertaining for a opposition group competence be a small unnerving.
But afterwards again it is a star-studded line adult that has former Champions League winners in John Arne Riise and Florent Malouda and a former World Cup hilt in a form of Roberto Carlos.
Delhi have a clever conflict with Indian striker Robin Singh and Brazilian midfielder Gustavo Marmentini dos Santos combining an effective multiple upfront.
ATK manager Habas will have to puncture low into his pot to lift out forwards who can give a Delhi counterclaim a run for their money. Marquee actor Helder Postiga is still nursing an injury, while Arata Izumi’s accessibility is still an uncertainty.
In that box a Spanish manager competence use Baljit Sahni as a striker or have Canadian Iain Hume trip into a boots of a marksman.
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Habas would know what his side’s weaknesses are and would devise his plan accordingly. ATK has fielded a defensive arrangement so distant this deteriorate and Habas competence confirm to continue a trend opposite Delhi.
It will be adult to a Dynamos to try and mangle a shackles. But in doing so if they don’t block a gaps in Defence, a likes of Spanish midfielder Javi Lara and Hume would be some-more than happy to make a visitors pay.