PETALING JAYA: Selangor are looking to dethrone Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) as the Kings of the Malaysian football.
And the Red Giants’ quest begins with a plan to shock JDT in the two-leg Malaysia Cup semi-finals.
The first leg between the two teams will take place at the Larkin Stadium tomorrow and the second leg is on Oct 26 at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Centreback Taylor Regan believes that a shock result against the reigning Super League champions JDT will signal the rise of Selangor in Malaysian football.
Calling JDT the current Kings of Malaysia, the Australian said his side have respect for the team led by Benjamin Mora, but he believed that in Cup competitions, anything is possible.
“JDT have depth and quality, but we believe we can expose them defensively. We’ve to be wary though because they’ve dangermen like Safawi (Rasid), Leandro (Velazquez), Diogo (Santo) and (Gonzalo) Cabrera, ” he said.
“We are focused, and our roles have been defined by our coach (B. Sathianathan).
“We’ve worked hard during the international break and hoped to get our game plan right in Larkin.
“Right now, JDT are the Kings of Malaysia because they’ve achieved so much success, but I’m sure they are wary of us too. We will be there soon, I promise.”
Selangor, who have won the Malaysia Cup 33 times, advanced to the last four after shocking defending champions Perak 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals last month.
Regan said the win has restored the faith of their fans in them and he expected them to turn in full force during the second leg.
“Nobody gave Selangor a chance at all this year. We continued to defy the odds. We are a good side. We believe in ourselves, and that’s the main thing. Slowly but surely, our fans are beginning to believe in us. That’s reassuring as well.
“There weren’t much results at the start of the year. Fans wanted more, and they deserved more. We were giving 100%, but it wasn’t working for us.
“We were criticised but we learned how to deal the negative and also the positive comments.
Even with constant criticism and calls for Sathianathan to be sacked, the team finished a respectable third in the Super League, and have produced virtuoso performances in the last three Malaysia Cup matches.
Regan said they were fit, fired up and ready to face JDT.
“Many said that our local players are not good enough, but I believe they are on par with the JDT players.
“We’ve got a solid squad that are capable of challenging the title. Things will only get better.”
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