ATK chief coach Teddy Sheringham asserted his side was better than Kerala Blasters in the inaugural fixture of the Indian Super League (ISL) season four.Both the teams failed to break the deadlock to settle for a goalless draw.”A lot of effort put into the game. It was all about keeping the ball. I thought we did it slightly better than Kerala. The way we performed, I felt we were the better team,” the former Manchester United player was quoted saying by goal.com on Friday.”If it were a boxing match, we’d have won. I was satisfied with the performance, we took the game to Kerala,” Sheringham added.Both teams took a combined 17 shots, attempted 34 crosses and pumped in 11 corners, but failed to break the deadlock.This was also the first 0-0 result between the two sides, with ATK failing to win their first away match of a season for the first time in ISL history.Neither team took a lot of time to warm up, with both defences opening up in the early exchanges.Milan Singh’s rasping shot narrowly past the post within the first five minutes but the best chance of the first 45 minutes fell to ATK’s Hitesh Sharma.The ball fell kindly for him after a good play down the right by Rupert Nongrum, and his shot from a one-on-one situation was parried away by on-rushing goalkeeper Paul Rachubka.ATK then saw their tricky winger Zequinha’s curling shot hit the post; its clatter triggered a sigh of relief in the stadium.advertisementThe visitors may have nipped it in terms of the better chances created, but Kerala Blasters will rue the missed opportunities they had to score.Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov was left waiting for a good cross too many times and Iain Hume’s industry proved futile with the former ATK forward taken off at the hour mark.While ATK relied on slow build-up play, Blasters looked for quick breaks going forward.Berbatov slowly but surely grew into the game, setting up a few attacks with his trademark perfectly weighted passes and it was his expert touch that set up both CK Vineeth and Rino Anto down the right whenever they went forward.The Blasters made good use of set-pieces as well, but Sandesh Jhingan’s attempts skidded off his head amid a crowd of defenders in red and white.The home side started the second half brightly, with Berbatov and Courage Pekuson combining to put Vineeth through down the left. He cut in and shot but it was palmed away by Debjit Majumder, who had earlier frustrated Berbatov in trying to find space to pull the trigger.As Kerala grew wasteful, ATK gained confidence, especially after Robin Singh replaced Finnish striker Njazi Kuqi. But the Indian No. 9 couldn’t convert a low cross on his stronger left side.