Aidil cautions JDT from overconfidence as historic title nears

A historic third straight Malaysia Super League (MSL) title beckons for Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and defender Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak does not want complacency to be a factor.

The Southern Tigers are on the verge of sealing an unprecedented third MSL title in as many seasons and all that stands in their way are relegation battlers Terengganu on Friday night.

JDT’s superior goal difference over second-placed Felda United, who are seven points adrift, means a win against the Turtles will allow Mario Gomez’s men to start celebrating as soon as the match ends.

My team and I must not be complacent because our opponents also have great players

Anything less and it will be dependent on the outcome of Felda’s visit to T-Team on Saturday.

All signs point to JDT collecting yet another three points in their backyard. A 1-1 draw with Selangor in the season-opener back in February was the only time JDT dropped points at home this season. Last season, JDT won all 11 league home matches.

Aidil, however, was keen to stress that past results were no reason to take things lightly ahead of struggling Terengganu’s visit.

“Even though we have the home advantage, my team and I must not be complacent because our opponents also have great players and every team who comes up against us will surely take the game seriously in order to cause an upset,” he said.

“We have to be very cautious, not be too comfortable and need to stay focused from the start until the final whistle as victory here will make JDT the first team to win the MSL three years in a row.”

It will be interesting to see how JDT line-up against Terengganu as the club has an AFC Cup quarter-final date with South China just four days later and Gomez has practiced player rotation all season.

The defending AFC Cup champions are expected to rest several key players ahead of their trip to Hong Kong, but with a squad full of depth, the Southern Tigers could still field a second-string side decent enough for the MSL.

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