Having to play their first three games at home might seem like an advantage for NorthEast United FC before eight-franchise Indian Super League (ISL) began. However, thanks to ISL's cramped schedule that saw NorthEast play three games in a week, the franchise managed just four points from a possible nine.
"It's been really tough to have played three games in seven days in Guwahati. If we had an additional day to rest before every game, we would have earned more than four points.
Footballers need quick recovery and good food and rest and lot of water," said NorthEast's goalkeeper, Alexandros Tzorvas, ahead of their first away game against Mumbai City FC at the DY Patil Stadium today.
Tzorvas, who stood under the bar for Greece at the 2010 World Cup, believes wants his side to win every home game to now. "If a team wants to play in the semis, it should win all games at home. But we need to focus ahead and try and gain more points away to recover the points lost at home."
Tzorvas was benched in the last game against FC Goa as coach Ricki Herbert wanted to play more foreigners up front. However, after his replacement TP Rehenesh gifted a goal to FC Goa he could make a comeback to the starting XI today.
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