Chennai City hosts Aizawl in battle of misfiring teams

The 10th-placed Chennai City can rise to as high as seventh with a win.

V. Soundararajan (second from left) and Paulo Menezes (second from right) hoping to score over each other ahead of the Hero I-league clash in Coimbatore on Friday.   -  Rayan Rozario

Chennai City FC has been having a tough outing at home. Call it bad luck or fate. The team was twice deprived of a possible win and, with it, some crucial points that could have mattered much on the points table. It’s time the CCFC men put that on the back of their mind and come together to work some magic against Aizawl FC in the Hero I-League clash at the Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.

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CCFC went down 0-2 to Aizawl earlier in the league but now believes the time has come to return the favour. Can they score over? The CCFC head coach V. Soundararajan believes the team will pack a punch. “We have been very unlucky despite our boys giving their best. The relegation fear is also fast catching up on us. So, there is no other option but to win and, we are confident.”

He said the team has taken time out to talk its star striker Jean Joachim of France on how to deliver the goods tomorrow. “He is a player with a lot of stuff but the goals were not coming. So we have clearly explained the match and the team situation to him.”

Aizawl has been impressive so far. Its head coach Paulo Menezes said that was because of the brave efforts of his boys. “We want to keep our plan simple for tomorrow and try to fight and win every game. Our boys will go all out and get those three points for the team.”

With the match scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m., it’s going to be pretty hot for a team like Aizawl. “We have trained under hot conditions and there is nothing much to worry,” said Menezes and quickly added that CCFC is a good side with quality players.

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