After two back to back loses in the ISL, the NorthEast United FC will play against the home side Kerala Blasters FC which is the last league game for both the teams in 2019 on December 28.
NEUFC coach Robert Jarni said that they will have to change the system of play.
“In this situation, we must adapt to the players we have and adapt our tactics according to them. We have to change our system of play. We were playing 4-2-3-1 and now we are playing 4-3-3. I think the 4-3-3 system suits the players much better but when we are on the pitch, we can adapt according to the circumstances. It’s all good when we are playing well and getting the result but when we are not doing well, we have to adapt to the situation. We know what to do,” Jarni said.
The NEUFC lost to Bengaluru FC and ATK at home in consecutive matches.
The 51-year old Croatian who won bronze in the 1998 FIFA world cup, however, sounded optimistic and said they would start afresh forgetting the past matches.
“Kerala are a very good team, especially at home. Eelco Schattorie is a very good coach and he was at NorthEast last season. For us, it’s a very important game. But for me every game is important. I want to forget the memories of the last few games and forget about them. We have been training hard, the players are happy and I expect always to win the game,” Jarni said.
Now, the NE side is in the 6th position with 10 points from 8 matches while the Kerala team is in the 9th place from as many games with just seven points.
Though the match against Kerala seems to be a tough one, NEUFC has good news with its marquee player Asamoah Gyan is back. The Ghanaian superstar missed the last match against Bengaluru FC due to injury.
“Gyan is well. He is back with us and training very hard,” said Jarni.