Pumped-up FC Goa aim goal fest against Delhi Dynamos
New Delhi: Other clubs would not have fancied it, but FC Goa can be expected to go for a big win against Delhi Dynamos in their quest to reach the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) season four table if they clinch victory by three goals or more at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.
Such has been their form that every victory they have registered has seen them score at least three goals. FC Goa lost just one match and will fancy their chances against a side which is coming on the back of three losses in a row.
FC Goa is playing with the kind of style and verve which has often been unmatched by other teams. They are reaping the benefits of having two in-form forwards in Ferran Corominas and Manuel Lanzarote.
The former is the league's top-scorer with seven goals and the latter has four strikes to his name -- the two of them combining to score 11 of the 13 goals the team has managed so far.
The only worry for FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera is that his side has not yet managed to keep a single clean sheet in four matches. They've conceded at least two goals in three out of the four games so far.
But Lobera's fellow countryman Miguel Angel Portugal has more difficult problems to solve. Despite playing matches less than FC Pune City and Bengaluru, Delhi are third among 10 teams when it comes to the number of touches (2824) a team has taken.
Surprisingly, they have pumped in the most number of crosses (74) and had the most number of passes at the end of four rounds as well. That however, has not materialised into much in front of goal.
The Dynamos have, despite their dominance on the ball, shockingly taken just 28 shots in four games. That's less than any other team in the ISL.
Just like ATK, they've not asserted themselves physically, throwing just 89 tackles in four matches -- one more than ATK.
Portugal admitted that the side is working on converting their dominance into goals. "In the games so far, we have dominated the ball and did everything well but we know we are not scoring and the team is working on that," he said.
It will be the ultimate test for both coaches in terms of keeping possession and playing beautiful football.