#4 Central defensive pairing needs to be strengthened
In the first leg, Ruben Rocha and Anas Edathodika were found to be at loggerheads regarding their defensive duties. From corners and set pieces, the duo looked exceptionally vulnerable. It might have been the pressure of playing in front of the 50,000 odd Kerala fans. But at Delhi, these two need to stand up tall to impart vigour in the backline.
The lack of understanding was evident when Rocha was found shouting instructions to his Indian counterpart after each failed clearance. A look at the statistics reveals the poor performance of the centre backs. While Anas completed 45 passes and made 3 interceptions, ex-Real Madrid man Rocha did not make a single interception.
This awful performance went unpunished as Kerala could only manage to slot in one goal in the first leg. But if the same dismal act is on show at Delhi, the visitors could inflict a heavy defeat on the hosts.Published 14 Dec 2016, 12:38 IST