Buoyant Churchill ready for Bengaluru FC test

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Dec 5, 2013, 8:23 pm IST
Updated Mar 18, 2019, 10:11 pm IST

Mapusa: Buoyed by their first win against Sporting Clube de Goa, defending champions Churchill Brothers would be aiming to keep the momentum going as they face table toppers Bengaluru FC tomorrow in Airtel I-League clash.

Churchill Brothers, who won their first match against Sporting Clube de Goa from 10 matches, are placed at the bottom with seven points.

They will be looking once again at their new foreign recruits for a win against the Bangalore side, which presently occupies the top position along with Pune FC with 21 points each.

Churchill Brothers' signing of new foreign players has done the trick for the team. Egyptian Abdelhamid Sahbana, who scored on debut and the team will once again depend on him for success.

"The win has certainly raised our confidence. The new foreigners have played their role well and hope they continue to play in the same manner tomorrow against Bengaluru FC, who are doing well and occupy the top position along with Pune FC.

"It's going to be a tough match, but we are ready for the challenge. We have worked our strategy against them and hopefully our boys play to the game plan and notch second win," said Churchill Brothers coach Mariano Dias.

Bengaluru FC, who won their first away match beating Salgaocar, and coach Ashley Westwood will be looking to keep the winning momentum going.

Sunil Chhetri, who scored a brace in their win against Shillong Lajong, will be the man on whom the team will rely for a win.

With Churchill Brothers looking good after their first win against Sporting, it is going to be a close contest and who ever dominates the midfield will emerge winner.

Bagan faced with make or break situation against United SC

Bagan faced with make or break situation against United SC

Kolkata: Without a win from five matches and time running out fast for them, a beleaguered Mohun Bagan will face a make or break situation when they face local rivals United SC in a round 12 I-League match here tomorrow.

In United SC, who are four points from the pole position, Mohun Bagan have a stiff opposition, especially when their ace marksman Odafa Okolie is yet to score from three matches, while coach Karim Bencherifa is under pressure to bring a turnaround.

Despite all the backing that Bencherifa has from the club management, the time is running out for the chief coach from Morocco too.

Having released Eric Muranda, Mohun Bagan will hope that the Peerless SC recruit Christopher Chizoba brings some luck with Odafa in the upfront.

Both sides failed to win in the previous round, but they had highly contrasting results as Mohun Bagan were beaten 0-2 at home by debutatnts Rangdajied United, who moved out of the bottom spot.

The result extended Mohun Bagan's current winless run to five matches and they have managed to score just once in this sequence to be slipped to 11th position in the 13-team table.

Meanwhile, United SC became the first side to score away at Pune FC this season as they came from behind to hold the home side 1-1.

But they were not in a mood to underestimate the Maidan heavyweights.

"Their (Mohun Bagan) backs are against the wall. They will come hard at us. I am 100 per cent sure about that. We cannot afford to take them lightly. I want Ranti to score. He hasn't been getting goals of late. So it will not be bad if he gets one on Friday," United SC coach Eelco Schattorie said.

United SC lead the I-League head-to-head record with five wins, three defeats and two draws and are unbeaten in the last six against Mohun Bagan.

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