Pune: In football, things can change very quickly. A win on Wednesday in their Indian Super League (ISL) season 4 game, would see FC Pune City climb to the top of the table, but if the result goes another way, their opponents Jamshedpur FC would be level on points with them.
In what is going to be one of the most potent attacks in the league against the meanest defence in the league, when in-form FC Pune City will host Jamshedpur FC at the Balewadi sports complex here.
Boasting a trio of three South Americans- Marcelinho, Emiliano Alfaro and Jonatan Lucca FC Pune are firing on all cylinders. In their last two home games, they have put eight goals in the back of the net against NorthEast United FC and Atletico de Kolkata without conceding a single goal.
Marcelinho scored a hat-trick against NorthEast United, while defender Adil Khan has scored in last three home games.
Although Marcelinho failed to score against Atletico, another Brazilian, Diego Carlos, grabbed the limelight with his stunning footballing display.
Jamshedpur FC coach Steve Coppell admitted that FC Pune City’s frontline is amongst the most feared, particularly star striker Marcelinho, who walked away with the Golden Boot award last season and now already has six goals and five assists from nine outings.
“They have some strong players from the attacking sense, some good players. We cannot hide that fact. We have to do our best to deal with that and at the same time making them do some work going the other way,” said Coppell.
The momentum is in favour of home side, they will have their head coach Ranko Popovic back on the touchline, after serving four-match suspension regarding comments about the officials, but they will have to be wary about the visitors, who in their last fixture against Delhi Dynamos overturned a 2-0 deficit to win the game 3-2.
Even the Stallions coach knows very well that beautiful football is not everything and at the end of the day, results are what matters, and games against Bengaluru FC, Kerala Blasters and Chennaiyin FC are proof of that.
“We’ve played nice, good and organised football. Until the red card, we were the better team (against Bengaluru FC); they didn’t have a shot on goal.
Chennai shot once in the first half from outside the box and won 1-0,” added the Serbian coach.