Hyderabad FC, popularly known as Nizams, has emerged as a surprise package in the seventh season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). The team is currently third in the points table on the basis of their outstanding performance and will now seek to qualify for the playoffs for the first time by defeating ATK Mohun Bagan at Tilak Maidan Stadium on Monday. The Hyderabad team, playing its second season in the ISL, is on the one hand, while ATKMB has not only been a table topper due to the excellent form but has already qualified for the playoffs. This team has removed Mumbai City FC from the top with five consecutive wins. This team has scored 13 goals in the last five matches and has scored just five goals.
Despite being denied a playoff ticket, ATKMB desperately need a win as a win over the Nizams would give them the League Winners Shield and the AFC Champions League spot.
Hyderabad coach Manuel Marquez has said that facing a strong team like ATKMB at this stage of the tournament will be an exciting challenge for his team.
Marquez said, « We will play against the strongest team in the league. ATKMB is currently in the best form in the league. It is a very compact team and it has many good players playing in the style of Antonio Habas. «
The Nizams not only have to face the strongest defense team of the season but they will also have a challenge to stop the most charismatic player of this team, Rai Krishna, who has contributed 18 goals so far and scored consecutive goals in the last six matches. .
Marquez said, « For me he is the best forward in the league. He can score in many ways. He is not tall but he is clever. He is sharp and knows when to run. He is a complete center forward. «
The second half of this match will prove to be decisive as both teams have scored their most goals after the break. While Mumbai have scored 21 of their total 26 goals so far in the second half, Hyderabad have scored 20 of the 25 goals after the break.
Along with Bengal coach Habas, several other coaches have praised Hyderabad’s performance this season.
Habas said, “This season has been good for the Nizams. We have to maintain confidence against this team. This team is balanced between attack and defense. This team has surprised everyone this season. «
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