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ISL 2016: FC Pune City have the worst schedule, says manager Antonio Habas

Sumedh Pande
538   //    17 Nov 2016, 17:52 IST
Antonio Habas will be hoping for his side’s change of fortunes against Delhi Dynamos (Image courtesy of ISL)

ISL's most entertaining side of this edition, Delhi Dynamos, will face a tricky away tie to FC Pune City at the Balewadi stadium tomorrow. Delhi are top of the pile at this point, while Pune are reeling in sixth spot after a 2-0 defeat in their last game against Chennaiyin FC. 

The last game between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw, Delhi were the better side on the night yet got just one point against the Stallions. In the pre-match press conference, Antonio Habas and his counterpart Gianluca Zambrotta spoke on a host of issues concerning their respective sides.

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Tomorrow will be Pune's last home game after which they face their last three matches away from home. Habas reflected on this issue and said, "I think this is the worst schedule for any side in this competition. Though we are playing better in away games than at home, we are seeing a pattern currently that the teams playing at home are doing well. We can't control it and have to prepare like we always do."

Habas's resolute defence versus Zambrotta's free flowing attack is going to be the theme of the night for tomorrow as Pune City have struggled to score goals this season. The Stallions are struggling in the final third and the Pune City manager recognised the problem at hand, "There is a lot of room for improvement and we are striving to score more than the opponent in every game." 

Habas also thanked the Orange Army for their unconditional support ahead of their last home game.

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The Dynamos have some injury concerns which the Italian manager confirmed, "Milan Singh will be out for tomorrow's game and a few players will have medical tests tomorrow morning to see their availability."

Zambrotta also said that he is pleased to be in the pole position at this moment but insisted that there's a lot more to play for, "Still a long way to go for us and I feel that we have to be stronger in every match from now on."


When these two sides met earlier this season, Pune's Jesus Tato opened the scoring with a looping header on the stroke of half-time, while Delhi's Milan Singh equalised late in the game to share the spoils.

Pune can go fourth with a win tomorrow whereas Delhi will strengthen their pole position with a victory against the Stallions.

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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