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Difficult group to compete in, asserts Owen Coyle before Kalinga Super Cup campaign

Published at :January 10, 2024 at 10:55 PM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 11:38 AM
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Gourav Samal

Chennaiyin FC are engulfed by Gokulam Kerala, Mumbai City FC and Punjab FC in the Kalinga Super Cup group.

After two days of intense football action at the Kalinga Stadium, the Kalinga Super Cup now progresses to the matches of Group C teams, comprising Chennaiyin FC, Gokulam Kerala, Mumbai City FC, and Punjab FC.

Both inaugural matches of Group C are scheduled on 11th of January. The first match will see Mumbai City FC go up against the I-League giants Gokulam Kerala, while the second match will witness Chennaiyin FC take on Punjab FC.

Before the matches tomorrow, there was a brief interaction between the coaches of all four clubs in Group C and the media, conducted through a virtual meeting. Following a series of questions and a brief insightful discussion, it became evident that each team is enthusiastic about participating in the tournament and is eager to showcase its best!

Youngsters take the driver’s seat at Mumbai

Mumbai City have consistently performed well recently, especially in the Indian Super League. Head coach Petr Kratky appeared assured before the match and emphasized the importance of providing opportunities to young players in the tournament. He said, “Looking forward to the match tomorrow and would like to give opportunities to the young players.”

Chennaiyin expect tough outings

The Chennaiyin FC coach, Owen Coyle, expressed a clear assessment of the team’s capabilities and the challenges posed by their opponents. 

“It’s a difficult group to compete in. Every game in the group is going to be tough. But if you want to win the tournament, you have to defeat the best teams,” Coyle mentioned.

Punjab ready to face the ‘best’

Although Punjab FC have shown fighting spirit this season, they were unable to snatch a win in most of their matches. Coach Staikos Vergetis had a simple statement before the game tomorrow. 

“We are ready to face the best clubs in the country and we will look to give our best on the field,” he said during the interaction. 

Gokulam Kerala to give their all

Gokulam Kerala stand as the sole I-League club within the group. Their team has exhibited a range of performances throughout this season. When asked about facing the ISL teams in the tournament, coach Domingo Oramas said, “We will play against three wonderful teams and coaches in the tournament. As we are improving with every passing game, we will look to give our best on the field.”

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