Jul 23, 2021 - FAS
Tonight, Selangor FC will resume the second round of the Super League 2021 against Kuala Lumpur City FC (KLCFC) at the Stadium Bola Sepak Kuala Lumpur, Cheras after almost three months of the M League break.
For the record, the Klang Valley Derby match in the first round of the Super League 2021 on March 13 ended in a 1-1 draw at the MBPJ Stadium, Petaling Jaya.
According to Selangor FC Head Coach, Karsten Neitzel, the team has used the long break by improving their gameplay as well as correcting mistakes made in past matches and does not deny that KLCFC is a strong team after the inclusion of some of their new players.
"The coaches have used the M League break by conducting centralized training according to the guidelines set by the MKN (National Security Council), MSN (National Sports Council), and MFL (Malaysia Football League)," said the German gaffer.
"The Red Giants players have prepared themselves with the pattern of play and strategy that we want to use against KLCFC (tonight) and I'm sure they will execute well," he added.
"There is no doubt that the KLCFC that we will face has a new aura with the inclusion of some of their new players, but I am sure we do not have to focus too much on that but focus on ourselves and our own team to give them a good match."
As for the players' availability, Halim Saari (ACL) and Shahrel Fikri (ankle injury) are expected will not be with the team until the end of this season.
In addition, Selangor will also be missing two foreign players, Safuwan Baharudin (concussion) and Tim Heubach (ankle injury) will also be missing for few more weeks as they are still undergoing a physiotherapy program before being allowed to return to action.
However, Karsten Neitzel can breathe a sigh of relief when Nik Sharif Haseefy will most likely make his first appearance for the season after fully recovering from an ankle injury during the pre-season early last year.
The Red Giants' latest position in the 2021 Super League chart is 5th with 19 points accumulated as a result of five wins, four draws, and four losses, while KLCFC is in 6th place with a difference of 2 points. A win with 2 goal differences will see Selangor leapfrogged Penang FC with 22 points after their match against Kedah FC is being postponed.
Hopefully, Selangor FC will show the best action in this match and at the same time manage to collect three full points on the road. Keep on fighting, Red Giants!