I-League: Chennai City look for payback in match vs Indian Arrows

I-League bottom dwellers Chennai City will take on Indian Arrows in Coimbatore on Saturday.

football Updated: Jan 26, 2018 23:52 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Coimbatore
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Indian Arrows beat Chennai City in their I-League “home” match in Goa on November 30, 2017.(AIFF)

Chennai City will look to avenge their opening game loss against Indian Arrows when the two teams lock horns in a bottom-of-the-table clash at the Hero I-League clash at the JLN Stadium here tomorrow.

V Soundararajan’s men suffered a 0-3 defeat against Arrows in their opening game of the season, a result that the head coach would want his team to overturn at their new home here.

“After seeing Arrows’ tactics, we feel that they are a very good team. We have settled in nicely now. It is a challenge for us. We will take it as a challenge,” said Chennai City head coach Soundararajan.

Jean Micheal Joachim has scored five goals so far in the league and is Chennai’s top scorer but he has found goals hard to come by in the last few games.

However, with the ever-impressive Soosairaj acting as the stronghold in midfield, the game promises to be an exciting end-to-end affair.

“We will look to win the match comfortably so we will go all-out,” said a confident Soundararajan.

Luis Norton de Matos’ boys are on a challenging run in the league this season. They have managed three wins from 12 games in the league but the young stars of tomorrow have caught the eye football enthusiasts with their incredible display of talent in these games.

Despite their win against Chennai at home, the coach is expecting a completely different challenge when the sides meet here tomorrow.

“All the matches are different. Chennai have improved and are a more consistent team. We will play with our enthusiasm and try to play better,” said Matos.

“I know we can win, draw or lose. We are going to play to win. If we can or not, it will depend on a lot of things in the game.”

Arrows have proved themselves adept at keeping the ball and pressing high in the attacking third of the pitch but Chennai City will look to establish a firm grip in the game from the get-go.

The match is scheduled to start at 05:30 PM.

First Published: Jan 26, 2018 20:54 IST