ATK to take on Fulham FC in pre-season friendly

Indian Super League outfit ATK will face English Premier League side Fulham FC in a pre-season friendly on September 8.

ATK players engage in a training session at the Pinatar Arena Football Center in Spain.   -  Special Arrangement

ATK is set to become the second Indian Super League (ISL) franchise to face a Premier League club when the side clashes against Fulham FC as part of its pre-season campaign on September 8.

Steve Coppell's men have been training in the Pinatar Arena Football Center in Spain ahead of the fifth season of the ISL which will begin on September 29.

Fulham is currently 13th on the 2018/19 Premier League table. With no league action this weekend due to the international break, the squad has travelled to Spain for some warm weather training. 

The squad includes several first team players not called up for international duty, including World Cup winner Andre Schurrle, captain Tom Cairney and Arsenal loanee Calum Chambers.

Two out of two

ATK has so far played two friendly matches in Spain against Tercera Division sides Lorca FC and Real Murcia Imperial, registering 1-0 wins in both ties. New signing Kalu Uche scored a penalty to lead his side to victory in first game, while it was Balwant Singh who found the back of the net in the second match.

“The team has shown a lot of spirit. Our first two outings have gone well, we have begun on a winning note. We just have to continue with the same focus as we play against Premier League side Fulham FC,” said coach Coppel.

ATK squad: Manuel Lanzarote, Kalu Uche, John Johnson, Gerson Vieira, Andre Bikey, Noussair El Maimouni, Everton Santos, Arindam Bhattacharya, Debjit Majumder, Avilash Paul, Ankit Mukherjee, Arnab Mondal, Prabir Das, Aiborlang Khongjee, Ricky Lallawmawma, Sena Ralte, Pronay Halder, Malsawmzuala, Jayesh Rane, Shaikh Faiaz, H Lalmaunkima, Komal Thatal, Hitesh Sharma, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Cavin Lobo, Balwant Singh.

Fulham squad: Floyd Ayite, Joe Bryan, Tom Cairney, Calum Chambers, Luca de la Torre, Harvey Elliott, Fabri, Tyrese Francois, Aboubakar Kamara, Maxime Le Marchand, Alfie Mawson, Denis Odoi, Matt O’Riley, Sergio Rico, Andre Schurrle, Luciano Vietto.

 

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