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ISL 2016: FC Pune City must play to kill opponents on the field says assistant manager Miguel

Sumedh Pande
910   //    11 Oct 2016, 22:40 IST
Momar N’doye celebrates after scoring the winner against FC Goa (Image Courtesy : ISL)

FC Pune City will be up against the table-toppers North East United tomorrow and the Stallions will look to build on their winning momentum which started in the last away game against FC Goa. A last minute winner from N'Doye handed Pune all 3 points. In the pre-match press conference, assistant manager Miguel and right back Rahul Bheke spoke about a host of issues ranging from tomorrow's opponents to Mohammed Sissoko's influence on the team.

With Pune City's manager still serving his suspension from last season, assistant coach Miguel threw light on his team's chances against North East, " We go into every game with the same mentality. It doesn't matter who is at the top and who is at the bottom. We prepare with the same intensity as everything remains the same irrespective of the opposition," he said.

Also read: ISL 2016 Gameweek #1 – Stars and Flops

Pune City will now play three consecutive home games in the ISL against the likes of North East United, Kerala  and Atletico De Kolkata. The Stallions will look to maintain their good home record from the previous two seasons. 

"Three home games consecutively is an advantage for us but  it is the format of the game and we have to be at our best if we want a good result against our opponents," said Miguel.

Miguel also requested Pune City's supporters to come to support their team in the stadium in huge numbers, " We need the Orange Army by our side for our home games this season. We play for them and the team needs them to inspire the team on the field."

Also read: Indian Super League 2016 team of the week: Week 1

The assistant also spoke about how he hopes his side will set up against North East, "First thing is we really want to keep a clean sheet as we haven't kept one in either of the game. We also want to be aggressive in a positive way and want to be competitive in every department. Pune City has to play in a way to kill the opponents on the field."

Pune's fullback Rahul also spoke about how playing with experienced foreigners aided the young Indian players in improving their game and specifically mentioned how new signing Mohammed Sissoko and midfield partner Lucca's presence had a positive impact on the squad.

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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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