ATK coach Teddy Sheringham rues lack of practice on home ground

ATK coach Sheringham said that it would have been better if they could train at their home ground, ahead of the ISL season.

Published: 13th November 2017 11:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th November 2017 11:35 AM   |  A+A-

ATK coach Teddy Sheringham | AFP

By IANS

KOLKATA: ATK coach Teddy Sheringham said on Sunday that it would have been better if they could train at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, their home ground, ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season.

The ISL and I-League will not allow training on the match pitch this season. It was learnt that the decision was taken because venues such as Kolkata and Goa will be hosting both I-League and ISL games.

That would mean a lot of stress on the pitches anyway. So, unlike in the past three ISL editions, teams would only be allowed to warm-up on the pitch on match day eve should they want to.

"Different grounds have different characteristics. It takes 3-4 games to get to know the characteristics of a ground and you cannot know that in 20 minutes (which is the warm-up time that would be given to them one day ahead of matchday)," Sheringham said.

The former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker is in India for the first time, taking over the reins from Jose Molina who helped ATK win their second title last season.

Defending champions ATK are currently training at the Bidhannagar Municipal Ground. They play their first home game against FC Pune City on November 26.

The revamped Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan hosted 11 matches during the FIFA U-17 World Cup including the final on October 28 between England and Spain.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp