Pacheco Absent, Ismed Optimistic Persija Continue Positive Trends
Persija Jakarta Captain Ismed Sofyan is optimistic to continue the positive trend when challenging Sriwijaya FC, Saturday (7/10/2017) future. He considered, Persija strength will not diminish despite losing center back Willian Pacheco is exposed to yellow card accumulation.
Pacheco got his second yellow card in the victory of Tiger Kemayoran 4-1 over PS TNI, Saturday (30/09/2017). Coach Alessandro Stefano Cugurra Rodrigues (Teco) can rely on Gunawan Dwi Cahyo or Ryuji Utomo as a substitute for Pacheco in the heart of Persija’s defense.
“Winning the opponents of the TNI PS could be a good capital for away and the condition of Sriwijaya FC can now also benefit us, but on the other hand, we miss Willian Pacheco at the back line,” Ismed told a Persija fan meeting at Halim Perdanakusuma on Monday. / 2017).
On the same occasion, Persija midfielder Novri Setiawan agrees on Ismed Sofyan’s comments. Novri thought his team was able to steal points at Jakabaring Stadium, Palembang due to a series of bad results obtained by his opponent’s opponent.
The condition of Sriwijaya FC is considered favorable to Persija Jakarta because they have just lost 0-2 at home to Mitra Kukar. Laskar Wong Kito also has not been able to get out of the crisis for losing six times in the last ten games.
Stuck in 13th Place
Currently Sriwijaya are also stuck in the 13th position of League 1. They are only six points adrift of relegation zone team Perseru Serui.
“We just focus our training and apply our strategy, we will have a replacement and hopefully in Palembang we can get points,” Novri said.