Margao: Coming off big defeats, both NorthEast United FC and Kerala Blasters would look to open their account and get their campaign up and running when they face off in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 in Margao on Thursday (November 25).
While the Khalid Jamil-coached NorthEast United conceded four goals against an experienced Bengaluru FC, Kerala Blasters too lost by a 2-4 margin to last edition's runners-up ATK Mohun Bagan in their opener.
Kerala Blasters' pre-season performances provided hope but they found the going too tough against a strong and thoroughly professional ATK Mohun Bagan.
At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao on Thursday (November 25), the southerners will get another opportunity to impress and open their account in this edition of the league.
It is not going to be easy though against the Highlanders who fought hard against a fancied Bengaluru FC outfit.
The team from the eastern part of the country came back twice to level things in the first half, but the lack of concentration and inexperience at the back cost them dear, as they leaked four goals. Jamil will be looking to get his tactics and match-ups right, as NorthEast United look to bounce back with a positive result against the Blasters.
The Blasters too showed a lack of composure and proper defensive abilities in their tournament opener. The Kochi-based team didn't start off well, but produced a mature performance in the second half.
However, that was not enough for the Blasters to upstage ATK Mohun Bagan, and head coach Ivan Vukomanović will be expecting a lot more from his wards who they go up against the Highladers.