Goa v Dynamos: a thriller in the offing

The Zico-coached Goa, and Dynamos, riding on the strength of Roberto Carlos’ inputs, have the capacity to produce a thriller for the fans.

Roberto Carlos... managing the Delhi Dynamos side well.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

Delhi Dynamos would look to sign off in style with a win against FC Goa in a contest that holds promise for the winner to top the table in the 2015 Hero Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The Zico-coached Goa, and Dynamos, riding on the strength of Roberto Carlos’ inputs, have the capacity to produce a thriller for the fans. Sadly, the spectator response to the ISL in Delhi has been disappointing.

The previous clash in the tournament between these teams had brought Goa a victory. Dynamos, a formidable team on home turf, would have to bring out their best against an opponent who love to play attacking football. Both have 22 points each but Goa enjoy a superior goal difference.

“In our way of thinking, we will field the best players available, although a clear picture will emerge only after the (final) training session. Since the tournament is very short, we will want the best players not to get injured ahead of the semifinals,” the FC Goa assistant coach Fernando Vannucci said on Saturday. His team, however, will miss the services of Brazilian midfielder Leo Moura, suspended due to four bookings.

Obviously finishing first or second would help the side. “We are now looking to be first or second so that we can have the advantage of playing the second game at home. In a tournament like the ISL, which is so well balanced, we cannot choose any opponent. Every opponent is good and we respect all of them. You must not forget that last year, the final was played between the third and fourth placed team,” the FC Goa coach reminded.

Dynamos are likely to reserve their best for the semifinal. “Step by step, the team is improving. For the next phase of the league, they will be better because they have spent so much time together. They know each other very well now and that should help them in the next phase,” said Carlos.

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