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ISL 2016: It is difficult to win even one game in ISL because of the competition, says ATK manager Jose Molina

A win for Atletico de Kolkata will see them rise to the top of the table, with a game in hand over current table toppers Mumbai City FC.

News 06 Nov 2016, 12:24 IST
Atletico De Kolkata can go top of the table with a win over FC Pune City

After a much deserved one week break for Atletico De Kolkata, Jose Molina's men return to face FC Pune City tomorrow in an away game. This game is considered to be an extra special one as Antonio Habas faces his old side for the first time after managing them for the first two seasons of the ISL.

Jose Molina spoke. on a host of issues in his pre-match press conference, ranging from Habas to his side's chances this campaign.  ATK can go top of the table with a win against FC Pune City.

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Molina has had a brilliant start to his Kolkata tenure as the champions of the first season sit on the second spot half way through the league stage. On facing his countryman and former ATK coach, Habas, Molina said, “It is just another game for us. Some of the players know Antonio very well but I am not worried about facing him. We have to do a job as the opposition and it's manager does not matter on the field. This is the way to go forward."

He was also asked about how difficult it was to replace a successful manager and also the fact that half of ATK's squad is the same as last season, he quipped, "In football, you have to replace someone; it's the part and parcel of the game. Antonio was a brilliant coach before and I am trying to do my work in my own way. I respect him a lot, there are no two ways about it."

Kolkata have claimed 7 out of a possible 9 points in their away games until now, and have been more successful on the road than at their home ground. Molina said, "Our game plan is clear and in that the venue doesn't matter. For me, every game is a new start and the aim will always be to get all three points. The squad at my disposal is brilliant and if we win, we can go to the top of the table and that is what I want."

Molina also spoke about the ISL and the quality that the league possesses, "Each team has its own style of play but at the end, the standards of teams are on a similar level which makes every match difficult to win." 

The Atletico de Kolkata manager also revealed that marquee signing Helder Postiga is fit and is back in training and will be available for selection tomorrow. 

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