In an interesting clash, Antonio Habas with his bottom-placed FC Pune City will host his former team Atletico de Kolkata in a Hero Indian Super League clash at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium in Balewadi-Pune on Sunday.
Habas guided Atletico de Kolkata to the ISL title in 2014 and then ensured the team made it to the semi-finals last season before losing a fierce contest against eventual champions Chennaiyin FC.
This season Habas decided to move over to FC Pune City but things have not really gone the way he would have liked. Serving a four match suspension at the start, Habas saw his team win just four points from the first four matches and since his return to the technical bench for the last three matches, Pune City have picked up only two points.
“The team is working hard. They tried to score, they failed but they fought till the last minute. That’s a good thing but it’s always the same problem for us though,” Habas said after his team were pushed to the bottom following their solitary goal loss against FC Goa.
With a match in hand, Pune City can jump to the sixth position above FC Goa and Kerala Blasters if they defeat Atletico de Kolkata. However, given Pune’s poor run at home and ATK’s strong showing, the visitors should start as favourites.
Atletico de Kolkata have 12 points from seven matches and will occupy the top spot with a win in Pune. The return of marquee player Helder Postiga has boosted ATK’s confidence.
Interestingly, Postiga was chosen as a marquee player by Habas last season but he could only play the opening match where he scored two goals and limped out with an injury.
“The most important thing is to rest well and then put in a good effort at training and it is going to be a good game. This league is very competitive and Pune is a good team. I know how Antonio thinks but it is a tough game for us,” said Postiga.