PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur’s main priority in the top-of-the-table clash with Penang in the Premier League is to keep a cool head.
Leaders Penang host second-placed Kuala Lumpur at the City Stadium in George Town tonight and the visitors’ seasoned stalwart Shukor Adan wants his team to keep their unbeaten run intact.
Both teams have won all their seven matches and have garnered 17 points but with the Panthers ahead of the City Boys on better goal difference in the 12-team league.
Shukor said their opponents held a slight edge, as they would have in their team Brazilians Endrick Dos Santos, Casagrande and South Korean Lee Chang-hoon, who had played in the M-League for the past few seasons.
“We should not be putting too much pressure on ourselves to win the match. Our focus should be on avoiding a defeat on their home ground. We have to stay cool,” said Shukor.
“We need to get the points from this game but looking at Penang’s form based on their last three matches, it will be a tough match.
“Some of their players have the quality and are vastly experienced. I see their side as a well-oiled machine and this is why they are unbeaten. They are leading the standings and we need to give them respect.”Penang’s coach Manzoor Azwira is expecting an exciting game against title rivals and is banking on Chang-hoon. The Korean had played the feeder role to a T resulting in Endrick and Casagrande scoring 13 goals in seven matches.
“Chang-Hoon’s return to play in the last two matches has helped Endrick and Casagrande to be more lethal,” he said.
“I see KL as a team with Super League quality but we will give them a good fight to win full points at home. A win will put us closer to the Premier League title and promotion to the Super League,” said Manzoor.
Manzoor was also touched by the fans support after they thronged the Penang International Airport to welcome the team following their victory against Johor Darul Ta’zim II last week.
Fans are not allowed into the stadiums for M-League matches due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I feel sad that fans are not allowed to attend the matches but it’s great that they are still following us and cheering us in the social media,” he said while promising their supporters a good show today.
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