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I-League: Real Kashmir to take on Gokulam Kerala in key home clash

ANI | Updated: Feb 05, 2019 20:36 IST

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Feb 5 (ANI): Debutants Real Kashmir FC, who are nursing hopes of a dream title win, will take on Gokulam Kerala FC in a crucial home clash in the ongoing I-League here at the TRC ground on Wednesday.
Kashmir are on 29 points after 15 games, just one behind leaders Chennai City and a victory on Wednesday, depending on the outcome of Tuesday’s Churchill-Shillong game, they can catapult themselves to the top spot at the business end of the league.
Gokulam are totally out of it, having garnered 12 points from 14 games, but under new Technical Director Gift Raikhan, have shown fight off late after a promising start to the campaign two months earlier.
Both teams played out draws in their last game, but Gokulam’s performance against Mohun Bagan will surely boost their confidence for Wednesday.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference, among other things, Kashmir’s Scottish coach David Robertson said: "Tomorrow’s game is just like another game. We don’t think it’s going to be easy, it’s going to be difficult. They have made some changes in their team by getting in some quality players and they have signed in a new technical director too. It will be a different team we will be facing tomorrow. If we work hard and do the things we have done and keep consistency like the other games, then hopefully we will be getting points.”
He was probably referring to the first game between the two sides played at Kochi when even though Gokulam was going through a rough patch, they managed to eke out a 1-1 draw. He also shared that he would start with both Kofi and Krizo, his two front men, as both were available.
For the visitors, this will be the third match that new Technical Director Gift Raikhan will be in charge and they have not lost since he has come on board and have notched up two draws against Minerva and Mohun Bagan respectively.
Gift Raikhan said at the pre-game presser, “Real Kashmir are playing for the championship and Gokulam for relegation. Both are different things. The match will be very difficult as both the teams will be giving their best. Tomorrow will be an exciting match.”
“Real Kashmir defenders are good, that’s why they are on top. If you are in the title race, the confidence level is different and they will be in good momentum. This is crucial for us and the other teams. For me, this is my third match. There will be few changes in the game plan, let’s see if the team can implement the same on the field,” he concluded. (ANI)