PETALING JAYA: Selangor captain Brendan Gan and his teammates are bracing for an intense Klang Valley derby against Kuala Lumpur at the Cheras Football Stadium today.
And it wouldn’t surprise both sides if the game concluded like the dramatic 3-3 draw last season at the same venue.
The Red Giants and the City Boys are picking up the pieces after hiccups in the Super League before the international break.
KL are desperately seeking their first win in four matches while Selangor have the painful memory of being thrashed 4-0 by champions Johor Darul Ta’zim to erase.
For Brendan, who just returned from the national camp for Malaysia’s two friendlies against Turkmenistan and Hong Kong, he said “there is no break for the wicked man” to stress how he feels about this derby clash.
“Both teams are fired up to bounce back after poor runs before the international break, so there will be little to separate us,” he said.
Brendan added that another source of danger in KL comes from former Selangor striker Herlison Caion, who signed for Bojan Hodak’s outfit this season.
“I’m sure Herlison wants to get back at us and show KL he’s worth it. Apart from that, this team are not too far off from the one that won the Malaysia Cup and reached the final of the AFC Cup.”
As usual, Brendan is also ready to do battle in the middle of the park with his former Perak teammate D. Kenny Pallraj.
“I know Kenny’s quality. He is a workhorse and puts his body on the line. And he can carry the team when needed.”
Meanwhile, Caion can’t wait for the clash with his former club and he won’t settle for anything less than a win.
“I want to score for KL and, of course, make sure they win this one,” said the 32-year-old Brazilian.