ISL’s Southern Derby Kerala Blasters vs Chennaiyin FC
Kerala Blasters will face Chennaiyin FC in a fixture called Southern Derby.The biggest attraction is that Aaron Hughes, the former Fulham defender,who played against Riise ( Liverpool FC) in the English Premier League.
There were four encounters between these two sides in Hero ISL 2014 with the Super Machans winning three (2-1, 1-0 & 3-1) of them but Kerala Blasters FC’s only win by a 3-0 scoreline in the first leg of their semi-final.
Blasters are riding high after scoring a come-from-behind win against FC Goa in Goa on October 24. They were down by a goal in the first session but staged a marvelous recovery in the second half to floor FC Goa 2-1 and jump to the fifth spot with eight points from six matches.
Chennaiyin are currently at fourth spot in the league table with eight points from five matches and a win on Saturday will put them on top of the league table.
So we can expect a great battle between two sides at Chennai on Saturday.
“I have been made aware of the history but it means nothing to me. As far as I am concerned, it is just another game. This is a different team, different players, different year and different occasion. What at stake now is totally different from what was at stake in the past. We play them in a couple of weeks, so may the best team come out on top in both these fixtures,” Coppell said.
Coppell agreed that the last match win has done his team a world of good and they are now determined to continue with their progress.
“Any win in this division is very important because it’s so close. Coming to the half-way stage, there is no great deal of points between teams at the top and those at the bottom. Our win against Goa, psychologically, was quite important for us,”Steve Coppell said.
“The two games (at home) will be fundamental to us. It’s difficult to win one game in the league and two in a row is even tougher. We know we are facing a really good team with solid defence and quality in attack. If we had won against Pune, we would have been at the top, but that did not happen. We have to have a change in mentality once again and face (Kerala Blasters) with an aggressive mentality. In this league, you can never stop,” said Materazzi.