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FC Goa face Pune in do-or-die encounter

118   //    24 Feb 2018, 17:38 IST

Pune, Feb 24 (PTI) FC Goa will face an uphill task in their bid to stay relevant when they square off with FC Pune City in an Indian Super League encounter, here tomorrow.

Having bagged only a couple of points from their last five encounters, FC Goa have slipped to seventh position with 21 points from 15 games and now face one of the most consistent teams in the league in Pune, who are placed second with 29 from 16 games.

FC Pune City are only a point away from qualifying for the semi-finals for the first time since inception of the league in 2014 -- a motivation enough for their coach Ranko Popovic.

While their performance has gone on a downward spiral, Goa coach Sergio Lobera doesnt see the need to change his approach.

Ive seen all the games of the league and teams dont play differently against us. It is true when Pune played us (at home), they played defensively but I dont think any other team did anything special when they were up against us, Lobera said during the pre-match media interaction.

Its important to win because of the history (of the club). Our target remains the same. We will try to do our best and try to take three points. If we do like this, you dont have to worry and we will reach the target, said Pune coach Popovic.

Pune had won the first leg encounter 2-0 in Goa. Popovic, however, showed enough respect for the opposition and is not ready to take anything for granted.

One month ago, FC Goa were the top candidates to top (the league) and become champions. It's the same team, same players, same coach, said the Pune coach

Press Trust of India (PTI) is a news agency in India
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