KUALA TERENGGANU: Even though east coast side Terengganu have just a one goal advantage for the Malaysia Cup semi-final second leg against defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) at the Larkin Stadium in Johor Bahru on October 20th (Saturday), coach Irfan Bakti Abu Salim says that they are unfazed by the tough task that awaits them.
In fact the 67-year-old much traveled and experienced coach said that he has a special remedy to trap the Southern Tigers as they attempt to get to the final at their opponents expense.
“JDT are the ones who have the advantage because we only have a slim lead over them and for the return leg we will have to take them on infront of thousands of their supporters who will be urging them on to get the better of us, but we are prepared with special match strategy and tactics which we will impart to the players.
“We will not go there and play defensively, because if we do then for how long can we keep them at bay? So instead our plan is to go on the offensive and attack which will hopefully enable us to score an early goal or two as a one goal lead is nothing furthermore against the defending champions.
“Therefore what we will do is to instill in the players our special strategy and tactics for the game, while also ensuring that our boys are as calm as possible so that they are absolutely focused during the match and are able to perform by playing cohesively where they can close the gaps to prevent the opposition from launching attacking moves especially from the middle of the park,” stressed Irfan.
Speaking on his side’s first-eleven, Irfan refused to divulge any information as to who are the players that will be in the starting line-up, though he did say that all his key players are free from injury as well as suspension.
“We stand a very good chance of advancing to the final, and our players are in very good spirits judging from how they carry themselves during the training sessions, but what we are hoping for is that the players do not end up making silly mistakes whereby we could end up getting punished severely for it,” Irfan pointed out.
This season, Irfan is determined on a repeat of the achievements back in 2011 when The Turtles made it to the Malaysia Cup final that year before unluckily losing out to Negri Sembilan 1-2.