Madura United Beware of Persija Formation


Madura United COACH Fabio Lefundes is wary of changes in the composition of Persija’s players ahead of the second meeting of the teams in the 2021-2022 Indonesian League 1 continued match, Thursday (17/3).

“Persija made substitutions after losing three times in a row and managed to win (against Tira Persikabo-red). It was an interesting match and we have to be aware of it,” Fabio said in a virtual press conference before the match, Wednesday (16/3).

Persija beat Tira Persikabo with a score of 4-0 in the match which took place in Denpasar, Sunday (13/3). It was the first victory for the “Tiger Kemayoran” squad in four matches. In the previous three games they lost in a row.

In that match, Persija Sudirman coach made several changes to his squad, such as fielding Irfan Jauhari as a striker from the first minute and including U-20 players in the first eleven, namely Rangga Widiansyah and Dony Pamungkas. While their most fertile striker, Marko Simic, did not move from the bench.

According to Fabio, Persija’s strategy can make it difficult for his team. Therefore, the Brazilian tactician asked Bayu Gatra and his friends to focus on carrying out the planned tactics.

“Luckily we have experienced players who can understand the team’s plans. That is important because our preparations are not long,” said Fabio.

Meanwhile, Madura United midfielder Zulfiandi considers the match against Persija important to improve their position in the Liga 1 standings this season.

“All the players are ready against Persija. It’s an important match. Hopefully we get the three points,” said the 26-year-old footballer.

Persija’s match against Madura United was held at the Captain I Wayan Dipta Stadium, Gianyar, Bali, Thursday (17/3), starting at 20.30 WIB.

Madura United is currently ranked 12th in the Indonesian League 1 2021-2022 standings with a collection of 35 points from 30 matches.

Persija is in eighth position in the standings because they have only gotten 41 points from 30 matches.

In the first round of Liga 1 this season, Persija beat Madura United with a score of 3-2. (OL-8)