TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Arema FC is trying to recover from a series of defeats in the BRI Liga 1 match. Eduardo Almeida’s team will face Barito Putera in matchday 29 at Kompyang Sujana Stadium, Bali on Saturday, 5 March 2022.
Almeida insists he wants to prevent Arema from three consecutive defeats. In the previous two matches, Singo Edan lost to Persik Kediri and Persebaya Surabaya by a narrow score of 0-1.
Before the Barito vs Arema match, Almeida had asked the players to be enthusiastic and make the meeting later as a momentum to rise. According to him, the mental condition of Arema FC players is quite good.
According to him, Dendi Santoso cs is determined to win 3 points to maintain the competition at the top. “The mentality of players, in football you can win or lose. We forget the past and prepare for the next game,” said the Portuguese coach.
He needs a strong mental player to be able to win. “We have prepared the team well,” said Almeida.
Arema’s failure to take points in the last two matches forced Persib Bandung to shift his position. Maung Bandung is now in second place in the standings with 57 points while Arema is in third place with 55 points. Arema’s achievement is the same as Bhayangkara FC and only 1 point different from Persebaya Surabaya.
As the first step of the game, Almeida asked the players not to underestimate Barito Putera. He considered Barito to be a good team even though they are currently in 15th place with 27 points.
Almeida said Barito was in high motivation to be able to secure victory in every match in order to avoid the threat of entering the relegation zone.
“The team (Barito Putera) is very good, they are at the bottom but they are not for us to underestimate. They definitely also want maximum points so we don’t want to underestimate the strength of the opponent,” said the former coach of Semen Padang.
Meanwhile, Arema FC’s naturalized defender, Fabiano Beltrame, stated that he had learned a lot from the previous two matches that ended in defeat. Despite facing difficult opponents, he is confident that he can take 3 points for Arema FC.
“All the players are ready, we have learned from the last two games. The opponent is not easy, but we maximize it to get three points,” said Fabiano Beltrame ahead of the Barito Putera vs Arema FC meeting in the 29th week of BRI Liga 1.
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