Undefeated Goa faces tough challenge from Hyderabad FC – News India Live

Hyderabad, 1 February (HS). Hyderabad FC and FC Goa are set to take the field again in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season when Hyderabad FC host the undefeated Gaurs at their home ground Gachibowli Stadium tonight. This match will be a tough challenge for the home team, as some key Indian and international players have left the club. Therefore, now the entire responsibility has fallen on the remaining players to show the courage to rise to the occasion.

Head coach Thangboi Singto’s biggest responsibility will be to bring out the potential of his unknown players. Hyderabad FC came into limelight a few years ago for promoting several young Indian stars who also represented the national team.

Goa, on the other hand, have made as flawless a start to ISL 2023-24 as possible. The Gaurs are in second place with seven wins, three draws and no defeats. They have played two matches less than Ivan Vukomanovic’s table-toppers Kerala Blasters (26) and are two points behind. But the absence of India’s international defender Sandesh Jhingan, who was injured during the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar, could prove to be a blow for them.

“I would like to take this as a big opportunity to do something for the club,” Hyderabad FC head coach Thangboi Singto said while previewing the upcoming second half of the ISL 2023-24 season. Will it be easy? Definitely not. Of course, there will be glimmers of hope when a young boy performs well against big clubs. But obviously we’re going to try our best.”

“The second phase of the season is always more difficult in every competition in all countries,” FC Goa’s Spanish head coach Manolo Marquez said in the pre-match press conference. However, this competitiveness is good for us. Many matches will be played between the top five-six teams and hence I believe the second phase will be challenging.”

Let us tell you that so far 8 matches have been played between the two teams, out of which both Hyderabad FC and Goa have won 3 matches each, while 2 matches have been drawn.

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