This result is certainly a big capital for Persib who will face Persija Jakarta in the third series of League 1 at the Manahan Stadium, Solo, Saturday (20/11/2021). The squad nicknamed ‘Maung Bandung’ can appear impressive in order to extend the record. Moreover, the opponent faced was a mortal enemy.
However, that record could be a burden for Persib players. So, instead of looking fierce, Persib actually fell down by Persija who almost always performed well against ‘Maung Bandung’.
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This situation is well understood Persib coach Robert Alberts. However, he has his own way so that his players can appear loose without thinking about their unbeaten record against Persija.
When facing every match, including ahead of the duel against Persija, he never echoed an unbeaten record. Instead, the record was forgotten every time before the game.
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“Our focus on the players is to look from one game to the next,” said Robert, Friday (11/19/2021).
Because, reminding players of an unbeaten record is like a simalakama fruit. On the one hand it can be a motivation, on the other hand it can kill oneself.
“We have never declared unbeaten to the players (before the game). We just have to run continuously. After completing one game, we prepare and focus on the next game,” explained Robert.