Alberts does not rely on seed status in the opening match against Barito

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1NEWS, Persib Bandung coach, Robert Rene Alberts, refused to rely on superior status when his team faced Borneo Putra at the Indomilk Stadium, Tangerang, Banteng, Saturday (4/9). Alberts prefers the Persib squad to use the 2021-2022 Indonesian Liga 1 opener as an event to show team togetherness.

“On paper, we look to be the favorite team. However, this moment is the time for us to play together and show that every player can perform well,” said Alberts in Bandung, Thursday (2/9), as quoted from the official Persib website.

In terms of team readiness, the Dutch coach could not say much. The reason is, since carrying out official training on August 26, Maung Bandung – Persib’s nickname – has not done any trials at all.

“We didn’t do a match so we couldn’t test the quality of the players in the previous preparation period. This early league game will give us an answer so we know what we are missing and fix it,” said Alberts.

Persib is likely to arrive in Tangerang on Friday (3/9) today to try out the field and do some training. Alberts brought 20 players with Captain Supardi Nasir still sidelined due to injury.

“Supardi is definitely absent. The ankle hasn’t fully recovered, so we can’t force it,” Alberts said.

Persib defender Victor Igbonefo prepares for the opening match of a competition which is usually difficult especially for the underdogs. Even so, the former Indonesian National Team player stated that his team was in a ready condition.

“Indeed, the first match is always difficult, all teams want to win, and Persib too. I also know that they want to win, that is our goal, may God give it to us,” said Igbonefo.

Persib is a team that has a great chance to compete for the 2021-2022 Indonesian League 1 title. When the 2020 Indonesian League 1 was suspended due to the corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic last year, Persib was actually leading by leading the top of the standings after winning a total of three initial matches.

The last time the proud club of West Java won national football was in the 2004 Indonesian Super League. At that time, Persib was managed by its legendary coach, Djajang Nurjaman.[]

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