Ceres Looks to Sweep Back-to-Back Matches vs Ilocos United
The visiting Ceres Negros Football Club is looking to sweep the home team Ilocos United FC in its match tomorrow and this Saturday, 7PM at the President Elpidio Quirino Stadium in Vigan, Ilocos Sur of the ongoing 2017 Philippines Football League.
Ceres FC Coach Risto Vidakovic reiterated that it’s not easy to motivate the players in the remaining games because there’s nothing that they look up to when they get to the top of the league.
He stressed that if the first place earned something special, then the league will make it more interesting. “But, we should compete until the end and that we can’t simply sit down,” he stressed.
Technically, the Busmen are already in the semis but, the results of their remaining matches might still affect their positions in the standing.
Though having a clear edge against the Northern Luzon squad based in their past face-offs, but with the injuries and absence of several Busmen due to national duty could change the game.
On the part of Ilocos United coach Ian Gillan, that his team has experienced playing the best team in the PFL. “Let’s be honest, Ceres is by far the best team in the competition, in my opinion. They are one of the strongest team in the Southeast Asia. They have quality players and play good football. And, we are not that fortunate to have such talents,” he said.
Despite their pair of defeats to the Busmen, Gillan recalled that the last time we faced each other, they conceded more goals. And, while he’s unhappy with the 5-0 loss but, the scoreline shows little improvement for them. “It only shows that our club is on the right track. We need better and quality players if we want to be on the top end of PFL,” he said.
At press time, the Busmen sits at No.2 of the table with 52 points on 16 wins with 4 draws and 4 defeats in 24 games while, league leader FC Meralco Manila Sparks has 54 points with 16 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses in 26 points.*