JDT visit PJ City with a must-win attitude

  • Football
  • Friday, 13 Sep 2019

Adam Nor Azlin: ‘PJ City are not an easy team to beat.’

PETALING JAYA: The stakes are high for Petaling Jaya City and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) when they clash in the Malaysia Cup Group B match at the Petaling Jaya Stadium today.

Both teams want a win to confirm a spot in the quarter-finals.

JDT top the standings with 10 points while PJ City are just a point behind the Super League champions.

If any of these sides were to lose today, they will have another chance for qualification in their last group match on Sept 17.

JDT face UiTM while PJ City square off against PKNP.

But for JDT centreback Adam Nor Azlin, they want to seal a quarter-final spot early.

“Every game is like a final for JDT. We want to win all the matches,” said the 23-year-old.

“PJ City are not an easy team to beat. They ended our unbeaten record in the Super League, and they gave us a mean fight in our 4-2 victory in our first Group B encounter in Larkin.

“This return fixture will be equally daunting. PJ City’s import players are dangerous, but we are prepared.”

Adam, who has been criticised for his recent performances in the Malaysia Cup, aims to give a worthy showing.

“I’m doing my job and playing the game for my loved ones. They are my motivation. With their love and prayers, I will get on with my game and ignore the critics.

“All of us make mistakes, but we will bounce back. I believe in my abilities, and every day, I’m trying to improve myself.”

Meanwhile, PJ City captain S. Subramaniam (pic) said his team were prepared after solid training during their three-week tournament break.

“We need to be confident when going forward against JDT, and defensively, if we are 100% focused, we can surely frustrate them,” said the 34-year-old.

Many have questioned PJ City’s tactics against big teams, as they tend to take the extreme defensive approach, but Subramaniam said it was part of their strategy.

“Against top teams like JDT, Pahang, Kedah and Melaka, we’ve to be patient with our play.”

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