Delhi Dynamos will kick start their home campaign of the Indian Super League Season 4 when they face NorthEast United FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, on Saturday.
Coming on the back of a 4-1 defeat against Bengaluru FC, the Lions will look to bounce back when they take on a NorthEast side that is yet to score a goal this season. The visitors come into the game following a 3-0 defeat against Chennaiyin FC.
NorthEast Head Coach Joao de Deus confirmed that there are no injury concerns for the visitors, but Dynamos Head Coach Miguel Angel Portugal pointed out that the side are facing injury concerns and will be without a couple of players.
This will be the first time this season that the Lions will be playing in front of their home crowd, and coach Portugal is hoping that the home advantage will count.
“I know my stadium. Our support, I think, will be the difference because it’s good to have fans supporting your team through the entire game. But that will be the only advantage we have in the match. We’ll have to play the game the same way as we did in the first two matches,” Portugal said.
The last time the Lions faced the Highlanders, they slumped to a 2-1 defeat. But Dynamos have never lost a home game against NorthEast United in the ISL. Coach de Deus though was quick to push that stat away.
“The history is for the museums. Tomorrow is going to be my first match (against Delhi), and there are a lot of players who will be playing for the first time against Delhi Dynamos. So, we cannot speak about the past because it doesn’t matter. It’s a different game, with a different team and different coaches, so everything is going to change.”