The Red Machines are looking to get closer to the leading pack in the league.
It’s the second match on the trot for Churchill Brothers at home and the team under the guidance of Portuguese gaffer Bernardo Tavares will be hungry to make it two in two when they take on previous season champions Chennai City. The match will take place at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa on Sunday. The match will be broadcast LIVE on 1Sports and will be live-streamed on FanCode from 7:00 PM onwards.
Churchill Brothers are at the moment placed fifth on the points table with 13 points from eight games. The team came of age in the last encounter against Neroca FC as they cruised through to a victory with a comfortable scoreline of 4-1. The biggest positive for the team is the return of Willis Plaza, whose two assists and one goal from the penalty spot were the highlight of the fixture against Neroca.
Another good news for the team lies in the return of centre-back Abu Bakr, who was sent off during the match against Gokulam Kerala FC.
Speaking before the match Bernardo Tavares, Head Coach, Churchill Brothers FC Goa said, “Each game is a different story. Against Neroca, our team was very good in offensive terms as we were able to create many goal-scoring opportunities and we even succeeded in scoring four goals. It was a good game and certainly the fans who watched the game liked what they saw.”
He further added, “In the next game, we will try to continue our good attacking football but we know that the next opponent will do everything to counteract us. They are a team that likes to have possession of the ball and they have players with good technical quality. I foresee a good game and I appeal to our fans to come and support our team at the stadium because it is important for the players to feel your support.”
Chennai City FC have been on an upward curve in terms of performance. After giving the league leaders Mohun Bagan a scare in Coimbatore, they recorded a comfortable victory over the Indian Arrows. With a win-loss record of 2:3, Chennai are at the moment placed ninth on the points table with 11 points to their name from nine games.
Chennai City FC Captain Roberto Eslava said, “ We need to be cautious of Churchill’s attack and be very focussed on our defence as any lapse can prove to be really costly against a team like them. “
He also spoke about the performance against Indian Arrows and stressed that it wasn’t flawless and there is much scope for improvement. “We needed the three points anyhow. I believe we should have moved the ball faster and pressed higher up the field. I wouldn’t really rate it as our best game.”
Chennai City FC have the upper hand when it comes to head-to-head. In the five encounters between both the teams Chennai has won three, one has been a draw and only once have Churchill triumphed.