Friday, February 04, 2011
The Only Way Is Up
It’s been a torrid start to the season for perennial favourites, and perennial underachvers, Persib. One coach sacked before the season even bagun, allegedly under pressure from players unhappy with his methods. A totally insipid performance away to PSPS where only Siswanto and the travelling support emerged with any credit. And then a second coach fired.
A look at the squad and you wonder what the hell is going on. They have a first choice XI surely the envy of any team in the country yet on to a third coach now and none has yet been able to get the best out of the talent available.
Markus Horison; Baihakki Khaizan, Nova Arianto, Maman Abdurahman, Isnan Ali; Atep, Hariono, Eka Ramdani, Siswanto; Hilton Moreira, Christian Gonzalez
Wildyanshah, Shahril Ishak, Pablo Frances, Gilang,
Even with three teams withdrawing the league and their records being expunged Persib find themselves at the wrong end of the table. They hit the heights against Persiba, thrashing them 5-1 but that’s been the only highlight of a depressing season.
Still, their could be some light at end of the tunnel for the beleaguered Bobotoh as their support is known. The fixture list can only get kinder for a start. Two home games so far means they have a lot of hosting to look forward to and in front of their support they do look invincible at times. Perhaps their next home game, at home to Pelita Jaya, could spark their season?
It’s on the road that Persib have truly suffered but at least they can look back at a difficult start to the season and thank themselves that the hardest of the away games are behind them.
They’ve been to Persipura, Persiwa, Persisam, Bontang, Persija, Deltras, Persela, Sriwijaya and PSPS. They must all come to Bandung and you can be sure they won’t enjoy that. Latest coach Daniel Roekito will be quietly confident that he should be able to turn things around for Persib but he may want to look at that defence of his first.