I-League Football

CCFC gunning for revenge

All set: Coaches V. Soundararajan, centre, and Gift Raikhan with Neroca’s Lalit Thapa, extreme left, and CCFC’s Uros Poljanec, second from right, and Murilo de Almeida.

All set: Coaches V. Soundararajan, centre, and Gift Raikhan with Neroca’s Lalit Thapa, extreme left, and CCFC’s Uros Poljanec, second from right, and Murilo de Almeida.  

The team had lost to Neroca in the away fixture last month

Neroca FC had brushed aside the challenge of Chennai City FC (CCFC) at its home turf last month. This time around, CCFC will look to avenge that defeat when the teams meet for the second time this season in the Hero I-league at the Nehru Stadium here on Tuesday.

The Chennai men have certainly learnt a few lessons from that loss. Now, they have picked up pace and have proved their solidity as well — defeating Kolkata giant Mohun Bagan at last week is a testimony to this.

However, the side will be wary of the men from Manipur who are capable of springing a surprise or two.

“We lost to Neroca because we missed some good chances and also a penalty kick. So, we know the mistakes we made and the advantages of our opponents. We have planned specific strategies accordingly and will go all out tomorrow (Tuesday),” said CCFC head coach V. Soundararajan.

“We have set right the problems in the defence as well and the team now is in good shape,” he added.

But Nerooca coach Gift Raikhan said the team has not prepared at all for the clash. “It has been a long journey and we arrived here very late so we have not got the ground or the time to do some training. However, we are strong mentally and under the circumstances we have decided to stand together.”

He said the team is strong collectively in every department. “I have a lot of respect for the Chennai side. It has grown strong with every match so we will play careful.

“It is left to the players to take up the pressure and the responsibility if they want to win the match.”

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