ISL: Resurgent Delhi hunts for ATK scalp

Having recently struck form, Delhi Dynamos will look for a late win in the league when it hosts defending champion ATK in the Indian Super League on Saturday.

Dynamos captain Kalu Uche has struck form recently and will look to get on the scoresheet when his side faces ATK on Saturday.   -  ISL Media

Delhi Dynamos has found regained its lost touch towards the end of the Indian Super League campaign and will look to end its campaign with a string of wins. Having been at the bottom of the table until the last game when a draw against FC Goa helped it climb up the ISL table. The club has been making steady progress for the last couple of matches and will target full points against ATK at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.

“We played for a win against FC Goa (in the last game). As I’ve said all along, we want to finish this competition well, for us and for our (club) president. They understand the (low) position is not good for us. But they also understand that we can finish well and for that we must play for a win,” said Delhi Dynamos coach Miguel Angel Portugal.

The Spanish coach struggled with his team at the start but has now managed to regain some confidence. His side is unbeaten in its last three matches, gaining five points from clashes against Chennaiyin FC (1-1), NorthEast United FC (1-0) and FC Goa (1-1). Dynamos is placed ninth with 12 points from 15 matches and can climb above ATK, which is just above with 13 points from 15 matches.

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This has been an unusual season for ATK. The defending champion has never failed to qualify for the semifinal and has won the league twice in the last three years. This time around, however, the side has struggled with interim chief coach Ashley Westwood and is yet to win any of the last five matches since he took over.

In fact, since Westwood took charge, ATK has ended up losing four of its five matches and the only point it scoured was in a draw against Kerala Blasters.

“For us, we need to stop conceding. We are good attacking-wise. We have nothing to lose and we try and win games. So, we open ourselves a little bit but attack in a quick aggressive way,” said Westwood, after his team lost against Mumbai City FC 1-2 in the previous game.

Westwood will be desperate to stop the string of losses and pocket his first win in the league. His team has been hampered by injuries to some foreign players but will feel confident it can get full points.