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Delhi face Goa in ISL clash (Preview)

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Dynamos will be eager to get the better of FC and inch closer towards a semi-final berth when they meet in an Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.

But coach Gianluca Zambrotta is aware that it would be foolish to ignore FC Goa's challenge just because they are at the bottom of the points table.

were the most impressive side in the first phase of the ISL, but with three matches still to be played, they are placed fourth with 17 points from 11 matches and need a win against FC to boost their confidence.

"If we win this game then will be in a good position to qualify for play-offs. I am not getting into the mathematical calculations, just preparing for this match and trying to win. Like always, we will strive to win," Zambrotta said during the pre-match media interaction on Saturday.

have been strong at home this season and are the only side not to lose a home game. They were winless at home in their first three matches but Zambrotta's side eventually gained momentum, winning two of their next three matches.

The clash against FC will be the last home game in the league stage for and Zambrotta knows his side must remain focused.

"At the moment, this is one of the most difficult game for us. It will be a mistake to think they are last. That will be a bad attitude. The players must stay focused and determined," Zambrotta said.

still have to play two more away games against NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC.

FC can mathematically still qualify for the semi-finals but their coach Zico has already given up on his team's chances after the 1-2 loss against Atletico de Kolkata at home.

But the Brazil legend said his players will approach the match with the same intensity.

"We have to play with the same intensity. We are professionals. When we go on the pitch, we must respect the jersey, the fans and the honour of our owner. I learnt this when I started playing football. We have to honour the jersey, always. We will give hundred percent," Zico said.

FC had lost 0-2 against at home and will again remain underdogs in Sunday's away clash. They have been poor defensively but have a better away record compared to their home performances, after scoring seven of their 11 points away and keeping two of their three clean sheets when playing away from home.

"This match is a different story. When we played (in our home match), we had to fight for points and take more risks. We don't need to take risks now. The only difference is that we will field only those players who are hundred percent fit. The last game was very tiring," Zico said.



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First Published: Sat, November 26 2016. 18:12 IST