PFC to clash with United Sikkim today

While their last home encounter against Air India was called off at the last moment owing to the death of Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray, the Pune FC (PFC) team is all set for their clash against United Sikkim on Saturday. Coach Derrick Pereira said the mood in the camp is positive. "We have had a long break as the last week's match was called off. That can affect the rhythm of the players. However, the team has been practising real hard for the game," he said.

The PFC coach says that they are not taking the Round 7 I-league game against 13th rank United Sikkim lightly. "They are a formidable side and we all know what they are capable of. We have accordingly been working on the core areas of the team and practising the basics well," he said. The team at present has nine points.

Pereira also said that they have worked hardest on defence and striking up front. Speaking on Moga he mentions that they are not overtly concerned about the fact that he is still not firing to his full potential. "Well he started off late and it is going to take time for him to perfectly gel with the team on field. He has been practising very hard and we are happy with the progress that he has made on the training pitch. We are confident that he will deliver on the field," he said.

Incidentally United Sikkim have not won any of the last five games. Coach Pereira and the Red Lizards, are not taking this lightly.

"The past is of no consideration. It is a level playing field for us as it is for them and the 90-minutes will be decisive for both teams as we are looking to climb up the places and so are they. However, we are confident of the team because they have worked very hard on the basics. For PFC defender Caitano Costa returns to the side after serving a one match suspension. Costa comes in place of Zohmingliana Ralte.

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