Persebaya coach, beware of Arema’s positive trends

Persebaya coach, beware of Arema’s positive trends

FACING week 11 of BRI Liga 1 2021-2022, at Manahan Stadium in Solo, Saturday (6/11), Persebaya Surabaya coach Aji Santoso is wary of Arema FC’s positive trend throughout along the second series.

Arema FC are undefeated in the last four matches. Despite this, Aji Santoso is optimistic that his team can beat “Singo Edan” in the match called the East Java Derby.

“The Series 2 Arema also won some very good points. Ditto with Persebaya, both get 10 points in four matches. But I say, my players can beat Arema, ”said the 51-year-old coach.

Against Arema FC, Persebaya will certainly not be reinforced by their Brazilian striker, Jose Wilkson. After Aji confirmed that during the official training session the 29-year-old did not join the team.

For this reason, the former coach of Persela Lamongan will prepare two local strikers, Johan Yoga Utama and Samsul Arif Munip to fill the vacancies. At the same time, he emphasizes that Persebaya is not just a team that depends on one player.

“Obviously we still have two forwards. There is Johan (main yoga), there is Samsul Arif. And I always insist that I give the opportunity to play so that I can make the most of the opportunity.” , Aji explained.

Persebaya is slightly better than the last record of the meeting of the two teams where Rendi Irwan et al successfully beat Arema FC twice.

In the second round of La Liga 1 2019, Persebaya won 4-1. And when the two teams met in the semifinals of the 2020 preseason tournament, Persebaya won with a final score of 4-2.

Although Jose Wilkson is absent, Arema FC manager Eduardo Almeida believes he is not taking advantage of the news.

According to him, Persebaya is a team with a fairly competitive squad so that Jose Wilkson’s absence will certainly be filled by players who have a quality to match. For this, he prefers to focus on winning.

“With him (Jose Wikson) and without him. We remain focused on facing Persebaya as a team. It’s not just about focusing on one or two players,” said the Portuguese coach.

Eduardo Almeida ensured that Johan Ahmat Farizi et al’s preparations were quite good ahead of the East Java derby.

“We will focus on the game itself and what happens on the pitch. We will try to get the three points,” added the former Semen Padang FC manager.

The same was said by Arema FC captain Johan Ahmat Farizi, who wanted to win against Persebaya.

“As the coach said, against Persebaya we will fight for the three points,” said the player who is familiarly called Jhon Alfarizi.

Regarding the records of the last two meetings between the two teams, Alfarizi admitted that it would be a motivation for Singo Edan players to break the bad record. (And / ligandonesiabaru / OL-09)


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