By JOSEPH KAOS JR - KUALA TERENGGANU: Giant-killers T-Team FC will travel to the Larkin Stadium confident that they can overcome the star-studded Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) FC tomorrow.
The Terengganu-based club side have won only two of their first five Super League matches this season – and both were achieved against the odds as they defeated champions Kelantan and runners-up Lions XII.
Boosted by their foreign players – George Boateng and Caleb Folan, who have fully recovered from their injuries – coach Peter Butler believes his side have the ability to go on a giant-killing spree.
“On our day, we can beat any team in the league,” proclaimed Butler.
“The Malaysian league is very level and it doesn’t matter who is top or bottom. Terengganu, for example, have some of the country’s most talented players, yet they are at the bottom.”
Butler, however, is not prepared to read too much into JDT’s unimpressive league performance so far and admitted that Fandi Ahmad’s side had better players than his.
“They (JDT) have a lot of good players. Most of the national players are there. We can’t compete against them financially but I’m sure we can put up a good fight on the pitch,” he said.
“We won our last two games before the three-week international break. It’s good that we are going to Johor Baru with Caleb and George fully fit,” said Butler, adding that he expects the atmosphere at Larkin to be “intimidating”.
While many teams in the league organised friendlies during the break, Butler preferred to work on his players’ conditioning and fitness.
“We went on a 10-day conditioning programme and focused on aerobics and the fitness side of things. We also emphasised on bonding sessions as most of the players are new and have just stepped up from the President’s Cup,” he said.
“The boys have been great. They’ve shown good work ethics and preparedness to work for the team,” added Butler, who is in Kuala Lumpur with the squad for pre-match preparations before heading to Johor Bahru today.
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