I-League: Mohun Bagan wary of Chennai City

Mohun Bagan, which managed a 1-1 draw against the young Indian Arrows the other day, will have to make up for the absence of its star striker Sony Norde, who is nursing an injury.

Bagan, which has drawn three consecutive matches, must get back to winning ways to stay in title hunt.   -  M. Vedhan

In its last I-League meeting at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium here in April, Chennai City FC had given title aspirant Mohun Bagan a scare before losing 2-1.

When the two sides clash in the new season at the Bagan club ground here on Tuesday, the host will be careful of Chennai City’s ability to spring a surprise.

On the eve of the match, Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen warned his team, placed fourth with 10 points, of the visiting side. “Chennai can cause problems. We need to be alert against their counter-attacks,” said Sen.

Bagan, which managed a 1-1 draw against the young Indian Arrows the other day, will have to make up for the absence of its star striker Sony Norde, who is nursing an injury. Defender Arijit Bagui’s unavailability is another headache for Sen.

The host, which has drawn three consecutive matches, must get back to winning ways to stay in title hunt. “We need to overcome our failure. We need to keep the ball on the ground,” said Sen.

For Chennai, which is slotted eighth with just four points from one win against Chruchill Brothers, the key will be to score goals.

“The spectators will be the biggest challenge as they are huge. We will take up the challenge,” said Chennai coach V. Soundararajan.

Chennai, which has a goal difference of minus four, is likely to field all its foreign recruits in its attempt to rise to the occasion. “We are playing well but not getting the desired result,” said Soundararajan, hoping for an improved performance.

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