FC Goa has a shot at history when it takes on Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Wednesday.
If it manages to do that, Goa will become the first team from India to play in the group stages of the AFC Champions League.
However, if it loses this match, ATK will have a chance of stealing the top spot by winning its final game against Bengaluru FC. Clifford Miranda’s team has been full value for its position in the table, scoring a massive 41 goals in 17 matches.
If it can score two more goals, it will better its own league-stage record from the 2017-18 season when it scored 42 goals.
“From the beginning, the club had some objectives and one of them was to top the league. If we get a result from tomorrow’s (Wednesday) game, one of our objectives will be achieved - to top the league and play in the AFC Champions League,” said Miranda.
Despite the exit of Sergio Lobera, Goa has not lost its focus and has won both its games since. It will be supremely confident of another victory against a struggling Jamshedpur FC. Ferran Corominas and Hugo Boumous have been integral to Goa’s march to the top. The Spaniard has 13 goals to his name and will be looking to add more to his tally while Boumous has been the creative head.
The French star has contributed seven assists along with nine goals and has set the league on fire. Stopping the duo will be hard work for Jamshedpur FC’s struggling defence which last kept a clean sheet 12 matches ago.
“Obviously it was the worst season. We have had problems. Football is about making fast decisions and fixing things. Hopefully, the learnings from this season will help the club to prepare better for the next season. Everyone must take responsibility and think for the betterment of the club,” said Jamshedpur coach Antonio Iriondo.
The Spaniard’s charges are on a five-game winless run and are mired in the eighth position with just 18 points from 17 games.
The Men of Steel will be desperate to end the season on a positive note with a win. The likes of Sergio Castel and Noe Acosta have to be on top of their game upfront while the defence will have the onus of stopping a pacy Goa attack.