NOTHING is to be taken for granted against Felda United at the Darul Makmur Stadium on Saturday.
This Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan’s call to his players after the team’s two consecutive wins in their Group A Malaysia Cup campaign so far.
Having comfortably beaten Johor Darul Takzim II 4-0 and LionsXII 2-1, many are already tipping the defending champions to top Group A.
But Zainal insisted taking things easy would only result in self-destruction.
“We got here by hard work and need to continue that if we want to defend the Malaysia Cup. If we slack, we’ll not win matches ,” warned Zainal.
“The final is a long way to go and it’s best we take our minds off that and ensure we produce the results before that. But I’m grateful my players stick to the instructions given.
“Defending the title is not easy as everyone wants to defeat you. We saw that against LionsXII last week. They weren’t playing well of late but produced their best football in recent time against us.
“I’m expecting another tough match from Felda. We played them in the FA Cup final and although they are a Premier League side, they are no walkovers. We have to be on our toes as always,” said Zainal
Pahang top Group A with a maximum of six points followed by Felda United on four points. LionsXII are in third with a point while JDT II sit bottom without a point.