The former Bengaluru FC player also said Berbatov's awareness about football is incredible and he can learn from it.

Can learn from Berbatov Kerala Blasters striker CK VineethFile image
news Sports Friday, November 17, 2017 - 18:55

Kerala Blasters striker CK Vineeth heaped praise on team-mate and former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov and said one can learn a lot from him.

Berbatov was roped in by the Kochi outfit to play in the Indian Super League (ISL) season 4.

"You feel that quality when you play alongside them (Dimitar Berbatov and Wes Brown)," the India football team player was quoted as saying by on Thursday.

"Their touches, their thoughts on a football pitch, their movements, their passing, we can learn a lot from them. Berbatov, as you already know, is one or two levels above us," Vineeth added.

The former Bengaluru F.C. player also said Berbatov's awareness about football is incredible and he can learn from it.

"When we receive the ball, we take multiple touches to control it and look for the next pass. These guys do it in one or maximum two touches. Those are the things we need to bring to our game," the Kerala-born player said.

"They know where their target for the pass is going to be before the ball even reaches them. For us, we need to receive the ball first before looking up for the next pass. That difference in time is what is going to decide the tempo of the game. Those are the things we need to learn," Vineeth added.

The team is expected to kick off the tournament. 

Coach Rene Meulensteen expects his team to play incisive one-touch attacking football to break through the wall of ATK's defence in the opening match of the 2017-18 season of the Indian Super League (ISL) at their home ground on Friday.

The Dutchman, known for his technical coaching, hinted on Thursday that he will apply the same methods in Kerala that he has always believed in -- delete needless touches and play a fast brand of football to create spaces and score.

"I have always told players that they should figure out who their favourite players are in their best position, see their clips and try and figure out what they're doing right. If you analyse the top players, the reason they stand out is that they don't take touches that they don't need and that creates a different rhythm and speed of play. Hopefully we can get that integrated into the team and see it in the games we play. It's not easy, of course, but that is what we're aiming for," he said.


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