Unbeaten in their last two matches, an upbeat Delhi Dynamos take on table toppers NorthEast United in their first home game of the Indian Super League football here tomorrow.
Delhi had begun their campaign with an impressive 3-1 win over defending champions Chennaiyin FC in Chennai before playing out a goal-less draw at Kochi against Kerala Blasters to collect four points from two matches.
Brazillian Marcelo Pereira was the star against Chennaiyin as he scored two goals in that match. There was a drop in form for Delhi in the match against Kerala and they would now aim for a win in their first home game -- the first also for head coach Gianluca Zambrotta.
Zambrotta may have to face with the prospect of more people cheering the rival team than his side tomorrow as the Northeasterners residing here will turn up in large numbers at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium but he is unfazed.
"It (fans turning up) is good for football. I am also hoping that more fans of Delhi Dynamos will come tomorrow to watch the match," Zambrotta said at pre-match press conference.
Asked how his game plan would be against NorthEast United tomorrow, he said, "My plan will be 11 players playing defensive as well as attacking football."
Zambrotta will have a few issues though as his first choice goalkeeper Antonio Doblas suffered an injury in the match against Kerala and was replaced by Manipuri Soram Poiren. The Spaniard is unlikely to start tomorrow.
The status of central defender Anas Edathodika, who suffered injury before the start of the season, is also not certain though the good news was that marquee player Florent Malouda was back at the starting line-up in the last match.
NorthEast, on the other hand, would look to maintain their impressive run in the league, having beaten Kerala (1-0), FC Goa (2-0) and FC Pune City (1-0) while losing to Mumbai City FC (0-1).
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