I-League Preview: Chennai confident ahead of Churchill clash

Chennai City FC brimming with confidence after a 2-1 win over Mumbai FC is eager to face Churchill Brothers and coach V. Soundararajan has confirmed he will not be tinkering with the winning formula.

"Tank wants to start and play in the wings, but I feel he has the physique of a centre striker," said Chennai coach, Soundararajan.   -  S.S. Kumar

Chennai City FC brimming with confidence after a 2-1 win over Mumbai FC is eager to face Churchill Brothers and coach V. Soundararajan has confirmed he will not be tinkering with the winning formula.

“Yes, tomorrow is a game we could win. I’m sure Churchill will also go all out for a win and it will be a challenge for us. “I will be using the same formation as I don’t want to disturb the winning combination.

“Tomorrow, we will go all out for the win because we have the chance to climb to sixth position,” the coach said.



Tank still dropped

The reluctance to change the formation automatically means Brazilian striker Marcos ‘Tank’ Vinicius will start a second consecutive game from the bench.

“Tank wants to start and play in the wings, but I feel he has the physique of a centre striker,” said Soundararajan. “I will use him as a second half substitute.”



Flag bearer for Goan clubs

Churchill Brothers is enduring a tough season in the I-League as it sits rock bottom with a measly five points.

Coach Alfred Fernandes is aware of the challenge in hand. “After the Bengaluru FC game, we should have carried on from then. But we encountered some tough away games after that and luck didn’t go our way.

“We’ve been playing good football but results matter at the end of the day. It’s just a matter of putting the ball in the back of the net. Chennai will obviously be high on confidence but we will be playing for a win.”

As the only Goan club in the I-League, Fernandes feels Churchill is a flag bearer for the region. “Since we are the only club from Goa, there is a lot of interest in us. We want to give back to the public for their support and more importantly keep the legacy of Goan clubs alive.”