ISL 2018: Delhi Dynamos faces stern challenge from sprightly NorthEast United

Eighth placed Delhi Dynamos will face a stern challenge when it hosts an in-form NorthEast United in the Indian Super League on Tuesday.

Delhi Dynamos FC players engage in a training session on the eve of their Indian Super League clash against NorthEast United FC.   -  ISL

NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) is the team to watch out for in this edition of the Indian Super League (ISL). Refreshing tactics make NEUFC as strong a title-contender as FC Goa, with the sides separated by a mere two points.

As NEUFC prepares to take on Delhi Dynamos (DD) on the latter’s home turf, there are reasons to expect a keen contest. Dynamos has struggled to find form after promising an improved show this season and will be eager to claim its first win in five matches. For NEUFC, the task it simple -- claim all three points on offering.

NEUFC has conceded six goals so far but its counter-attacks have been the highlight so far. The home side will face a major threat in the shape of Bortholomew Ogbeche, the 34-year-old has been prolific in front of goal and has five goals to his credit. His sharp shooting has been the feature of NEUFC’s excellent run thus far and Dynamos would have to do well to shackle him.

Dynamos has repeatedly failed to transform its dominance into goals. The strikers have faltered when it comes to finishing the task, leading to its current position, third from the bottom with much depending on how the defence stands up to NEUFC's innovative skills upfront.

Dynamos coach Josep Gombau looked ahead with confidence. “The boys are doing well. Against Mumbai, we had 20 shots on the goal, just six on target. We had 19 crosses, more than 400 passes and 58 per cent of possession. Everything worked except the goal. I am happy with the work the boys are doing. We are playing progressive football, but we are not finding the net, we are not scoring, We are playing attacking football and defending well.” 

NEUFC coach Eelco Schattorie feels its going to be game of tactics. “They have a very good team. It’s going to be a difficult game. Delhi, with the team they have, being that low in the table surprises me. I would dare to say if I had this team we would be in top three. Tactically it is going to be a tough match.”

The visiting NEUFC side might as well get a home crowd experience on Tuesday with north-east teams enjoying a good fan base in Delhi.

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