Two huge teams, with contrasting performances so far in ISL 2016, renew their rivalry yet again for possibly the final time this season. As it looks at the moment, it will be either FC or Atletico de Kolkata who will make it to the ISL 2016 semi finals. If they are both able to, well, nothing like it!
FC Goa collide with ATK at the JLN Stadium in Fatorda on Thursday. This is their eighth meeting over three years in the Indian Super League. Interestingly, Zico's side have never been able to beat them.
The Brazil football legend, however, knows that his team have to check that expectation off their bucket list on Thursday or face elimination from the Indian Super League in the league stages itself – something which has never taken place before. CATCH THE TEAM NEWS HERE.
"Everyone is very conscious of the fact that we have three matches ahead and that we must win all three games. We did not want to be in this situation but now that we are here, we have to give our best," Zico said.
Interestingly, both sides have just three wins from their 11 games so far this season. While Goa have lost six games, Kolkata have recorded six draws this season. Therefore, Zico's men are at the rockbottom with 11 points, while Jose Molina's men are third with 15 points.
All the wins over FC Goa by ATK came when Antonio Habas was in charge of the Kolkata side. The only result Kolkata bagged with Molina in charge was a draw in their first leg fixture of ISL 2016. "FC Goa are a great team with strong players. They are a good team with very strong attackers," Molina said ahead of the match. "What has happened in the past is in the past. I do not live in the past, I live in the present.
"From here on every ISL match is tough, anything can happen as all teams are very strong. Goa is a strong team and I'm sure they will fight a lot."
Head to head
FC Goa 0-3 ATK; four games drawn
FC Goa vs Atletico de Kolkata is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm IST (2.30 pm BST) on November 24.
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