PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) can seal their fourth Super League title with a win over Selangor at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium on Saturday.
The runaway leaders have 45 points – 11 more than nearest rivals Kedah – to top the 12-team standings.
All JDT need to do is beat fifth-placed Selangor. That will give them an unassailable lead (48 points) with three matches to play.
The Southern Tigers are in high spirits after confirming their Malaysia Cup quarter-final berth on Tuesday with a 5-0 thumping of Terengganu in their penultimate Group D match at the Larkin Stadium in Johor Baru.
And they did it without their defensive pillar Barzilian Marcos Antonio, who mill miss the rest of the season to undergo surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his left knee. He picked up the injury during JDT’s league match against Perak at home on July 26.
JDT head coach Ulisses Morais acknowledged that “everything is in place for us to win the title”.
“The important thing is confidence. On my first day in Johor, I had confidence in JDT winning the Super League. Now, we are close to achieving it,” said Morais, who took charge of the team after Mexican Benjamin Mora was relieved of his coaching duties in June.
Morais said that the backline, led by Mohd Fadhli Shas, Junior Eldstal and Mohd Aidil Zafuan, has done well in the absence of Marcos.
“I’m happy with the result against Terengganu. Fadhli Shas is a quality player and had a good game.
“The JDT coaching staff are happy with his performance as well as that of the others.”
JDT’s remaining fixtures are against Kelantan (Sept 20), Felda United (Sept 27) and Kedah (Oct 28).
JDT have won a total of seven M-League titles – three Super League, two Charity Shield and one FA Cup – since their formation in 2013. They also won the second-tier AFC Cup in 2015.
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