Super Cup 2018: Jamshedpur FC to lock horns with Minerva Punjab

ISL outfit Jamshedpur FC will have its task cut out as it takes on reigning I-League champion Minerva Punjab FC in a Super Cup match on Monday.

Minerva Punjab won its maiden I-League title during the 2017-18 season. (file image)   -  AIFF Media

ISL outfit Jamshedpur FC will have its task cut out as it takes on reigning I-League champion Minerva Punjab FC in what is expected to be an intense Super Cup match here on Monday.

Jamshedpur coach Steve Coppell said, “We are taking tomorrow’s match very seriously. We want to go as further as we can in the tournament.

“When twenty professional teams are fighting against each other to prove themselves, it’s going to be fierce and intense.”

Nonetheless, he showed immense respect for his counterpart which is on a high having won the I-League.

“We have great respect for the team. I watched a few I-League games on television and realised how competitive and tough the league is. Moreover, Minerva Punjab FC are the champions and it is going to be very tough for us.”

Sumit Passi, who had a tough time owing to his injury, is back in shape and looks determined to prove his worth. “It was a very tough time for me. I had to stay 11 months out for the injury," he said before adding, "But now I’ve recovered and ready to give it a shot. I have played a couple of matches in the ISL also. If our coach throws me in, I’ll grab the opportunity with both hands."

Asked how a knock-out tournament differs from a league competition, the coach responded, “A cup competition is always different from the league. You play one bad game and you’re out of the tournament.”

Minerva Punjab has grown from strength to strength to lift its maiden I-League trophy one month back. And head-coach Khogen Singh expressed optimism ahead of his team's opening encounter in the Super Cup.

“The first match of any tournament is always important. It’s going to be our first competitive match after winning the league. We have worked on our mental strength to win the league eventually,” Khogen said.

“We believe that we can win tomorrow as well. We are looking positively to go further in the tournament. You know, the game of football is very unpredictable and we have to keep our heads down and continue the job on the field,” he added.

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