ISL: Odisha and Hyderabad would like to leave history behind


Panaji: When Odisha FC face Hyderabad FC at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bombolim on Monday in the seventh season of Hero Indian Super League (ISL), both teams will want to make a fresh start this season. Both teams would like to forget their last season. Hyderabad had won only two of the 18 matches last season, while 12 had lost. The team had scored 39 goals due to its poor defense. Odisha FC was also not far behind Hyderabad and had also scored 31 goals. But Odisha FC coach Stuart Baxter believes that this figure is only the number for Odisha. Baxter said, this is only history and it does not help anyone. Now we have got two new teams. They have got new players and we have got new players too, so things have changed in both teams. We will play from a new Hyderabad. Baxter has an option in the attic. The team this time has tied up with Brazilian striker Diego Mauricio and Hyderabad’s Marcelinho. Both players are capable of changing the match at the moment. He said, I think it is risky to trust the players. If you can (depending on you) be able to play without anyone. There is no resting place in football. Your job is to take this level further. Hyderabad’s team was ranked 10th in the bottom of the table last season. The team had lost four out of the first five matches. New coach Manuel Marquez Roca would like to make a fresh start by overtaking the team’s performance last season. Roca said, winning the first match is important. However, losing a match means that you have to win the remaining 19 matches. Hyderabad have a young team this time and coach Roka is happy with this. He said, players like Rohit Danu, Liston Colaco and Akash Mishra have a lot of potential. I am sure they can become a better asset for Hyderabad in future. Odisha will not be able to get the services of their defenders Jacob Trett and Jerry in this match while Francisco Sandja will not be able to play in this match for Hyderabad.


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