Starhub League Cup Match Preview: Warriors FC vs Geylang International
By Andrew Ang on 15 July 2014
Geylang International are through to the quarter-finals of the Starhub League Cup but will play one last match in the group to decide their final standing. The Eagles take on Warriors FC at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Tuesday as they look to rack up a third consecutive victory.
The Eagles’ achievement of making it through is all the more incredible considering that they were grouped with defending S-League champions Tampines Rovers as well as top four side, Warriors FC. But with a fine performance against the Stags, Geylang International produced a comeback to win 2-1. Warriors’ 3-2 victory over the Stags then confirmed the Eagles’ passage into the quarter-finals.
Speaking to EAGLES TV ahead of kick-off, Geylang International head coach Jorg Steinebrunner was pleased and paid tribute to his staff and players. He said: “It is a big achievement. We are not here to make up the numbers and credit to all the players and coaching staff because they have been incredible.”
The German hinted at resting a few of his players for the clash with the Warriors but felt that players coming into the starting 11 would not disappoint. He said: “We are one team, and it has never been about just the starting 11. We will put out a team to win the game.”
A win for the Eagles would mean that they face Albirex Nigata in the quarter-finals while a defeat would produce a clash between Geylang International and Tanjong Pagar.
A debutant in the last match, Thorsten Schneider is set for his second start. Jorg Steinebrunner has a full squad to choose from with the exception of long term absentee Hamqammal Shah.
With the Eagles in battling form and a chance to top the group awaiting the winner, the German coach sounded the battle cry for his charges. He said: “We are confident. The team wants to win games and we are not afraid of anyone at all.”