Panchkula (Haryana) [India]Dec 21 (ANI): RoundGlass Punjab FC will host runners-up Gokulam Kerala FC in the I-League 2022-23 at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Wednesday.
With three away matches scoring four points on the trot, RoundGlass Punjab is back home. Staikos Vergetis’ team has been unbeaten in Panchkula with three wins and a draw. With key striker Luka Majcen missing, RoundGlass Punjab have struggled in front of goal recently, scoring just once in their last three outings. To the relief of the home fans, the Slovenian striker will be available for selection tomorrow against Gokulam Kerala.
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The Malabars secured a goalless draw in NEROCA’s last outing in Manjeri after wins against Sudeva Delhi (3-0) and Rajasthan United (1-0). Richard Towa’s side have the best defensive record in the I-League this season, conceding just two goals in eight games.
In the pre-match press conference, RoundGlass Punjab coach Staikos Vergetis spoke about the title race and stressed the importance of taking it one game at a time. “My point of view is to look at all the games separately. We are focusing on tomorrow’s game, not on the points table. It is too early for that.” said the Greek.
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Staikos further shared his thoughts on opponents Gokulam Kerala. “It is a difficult opponent for us. We know their strong points. They are the vice-champions and like us, it is important to win tomorrow too. It will be a strong game,” he said.
Gokulam Kerala coach Richard Towa said, “As champions, the pressure is always on in every game. We know we are facing a very good team tomorrow. The players are ready and the most important thing for us is to win those three points before we go to the break tomorrow.”
Experienced midfielder Tanmoy Ghosh, who has made seven appearances for Malabarians this season, spoke about the competitiveness of the league. “RoundGlass Punjab is a very good team, but with promotion to the ISL on the line, every team is playing very well this year and things are very tight in the table. Everyone wants to be champions.” (ANI)
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