PDRM coach Azman Adnan not expecting an easy game

JOKE: Azman Adnan (right in yellow) sharing a light moment with his players during training yesterday.

There was no hard running, no rehearsal of set-pieces, indeed, not a hint of tactical work out on the pitch at the Jalan Besar Stadium yesterday at PDRM’s final training session ahead of the Malaysian Super League (MSL) opener against the LionsXII.

The main feature of coach Azman Adnan’s hour-long session was shooting practice.

But if scoring goals, and beating the LionsXII on their own turf to announce PDRM’s arrival at Malaysia’s top-tier competition was his aim, the former Malaysian international was not letting on.

“We will just try our best,” he said, of tonight’s match.

“It won’t be an easy game, we are a team just been promoted, and the LionsXII have been together for a long time.”

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LionsXII engine room in better shape now, says coach

ZULFAHMI ARIFIN: The playmaker (above) believes that the team are stronger this season.

A football team is often compared to a sleek and efficient car.

Flashy rims, a slender body and a glossy coat of paint might look pretty on the outside, but what matters is what happens in the engine room.

That is where the LionsXII midfield can thrive this season, despite either failing to click into gear or missing a part or two last year.

Speaking to The New Paper, LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad said: “The midfield is the most vital part of the team, because games are either won or lost there.

“We weren’t up to scratch in that aspect last season, because there were injuries and departures, but the midfield is in better shape now.”

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Fandi calm before the storm of four away games

TRAVELLING CONCERNS: LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad (above) is relaxed ahead of tonight's game, but is more worried about the four away matches in a row after that.

It was a wonder how LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad still had a voice after yesterday’s training session at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

The 52-year-old was in the thick of things during the 60-minute session, barking orders and gesturing at his players, and whistling with two fingers on his lips — so loud, it could be heard a mile away.

He rarely smiled, except when greeting reporters, and headed into the dressing room quicker than usual.

Was Singapore’s favourite footballing son nervous about his side’s Malaysian Super League opener against PDRM tonight?

“No, not nervous at all,” he told The New Paper with his trademark grin, as he left the stadium.

“I’m calm and relaxed... but when we start playing four away matches in a row, then I’ll start to worry.”

After tonight’s home opener, the Singapore side travel to Kelantan (Feb 14), Perak (Feb 21), PB Melayu Kedah in the FA Cup (Feb 28) and Felda (March 7).

“Four away games in a row will be a real challenge for us,” Fandi added.

“But I feel better now than a few days ago. Up until (yesterday), I wasn’t sure who was fit enough to start, especially in defence.”

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'Safuwan must grab his chance'

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Safuwan could get his debut today

"Every day, I’m learning something new in training. I Feel like I’m learning about football all over again." - Safuwan baharudin (above, second from far left) on his stint with Melbourne City

Defender Safuwan Baharudin could be handed an unexpected A-League debut today.

The 23-year-old Singaporean, who signed a three-month loan deal with A-League side Melbourne City last Thursday, was expected to start on the bench again when City take on local rivals Melbourne Victory at the 53,300-seater Etihad Stadium.

But a calf injury to defensive midfielder Erik Paartalu has thrown up the possibility of City coach John van’t Schip turning to Safuwan to plug the gap in midfield.

The versatile player, who was used as a defender, midfielder and striker during his days with the LionsXII, is excited that his big break could come so soon after he was an unused substitute in the team’s 2-1 home win against Western Sydney Wanderers last Saturday.

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