Having reached the finals in two of the three seasons of the Indian Super League, Kerala Blasters are in serious danger of not qualifying for the semi-finals this season, having won just twice in the league so far.
This led to the departure of head coach Rene Muelensteen, with former coach David James back in charge. Here, we take a look at three things the Sachin Tendulkar-owned outfit must do to get their season up and running.
3. Maintain defensive discipline
Barring that 5-2 defeat to FC Goa, Kerala Blasters have held a tight ship in defence but they have slipped up in crucial moments to let the opposition score. Sandesh Jhingan and co. must be at their best to foil the opposition and given their profligacy in attack, a tight defence would go a long way in helping them reach the final four.
2. Get Berbatov firing
The Bulgarian arrived in India amid much fanfare but he is yet to properly shine for Blasters who lie sixth in the league standings. Berbatov has made six starts for the club but is yet to find the back of the net.
The former Manchester United striker must find his best form for the club if they are to finish in the top four.
1. Feed the ball to Hume
The lack of goals has been concerning for Blasters, with just ten goals scored in their nine games so far. Three of those came in the last game when Iain Hume scored a hat-trick.
Those were the first goals for Hume this season, with the Indian Super League top-scorer finally off the mark. If the Canadian is given proper service, he can single-handedly win matches for the club.