After defeating Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Minerva Punjab, the southerners look to topple Aizawl in the latter’s last match.
Defending champion Aizawl FC will host in-form Gokulam FC in their final hurrah of the ongoing Hero I-League 2017-18 season at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Friday.
Aizawl have found it hard to replicate last season’s title-winning form and are currently stranded sixth in the table with 21 points from 17 games. After a disappointing start to life in the Hero I-League, Gokulam have bounced back in style, winning their last three matches against the likes of Minerva Punjab FC, Kingfisher East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.
If Bino George can conjure up a win against Aizawl FC, they will leapfrog the current champions in the table, sealing an automatic berth to the Super Cup. Bino George was in high spirit at the pre-match press conference.
“When they play in the home ground they will have an extra boost. We will play our best game to get a point. We have confidence. My boys are playing an excellent football and they are not scared of any team now. They will work hard, they will perform to their utmost best tomorrow”, George highlighted the good team spirit of his boys.
“Inexperience was costing us matches at the start of the season. Only one or two players had played in the I-League before. After the addition of new foreigners, we have steadied the ship.” he added.
Santosh Kashyap said they will play to get full three points to bring smiles back to the fans of Aizawl FC. Kashyap opined, “We are very confident. We have trained according to our plan. We hope to take full advantage of the home match and get the three points.”
“We have no pressure. Usually, we don’t have time to recover as our away matches are tightly scheduled. Travelling is tiresome and the performance of the players dropped as well. Direct entry into the Super Cup is what we aimed for.”
“We can beat any team on a given day, as we have seen lots of unpredictable results in the league. Every game is tough. We have to take advantage of the home game. Our fanbase is strong here in Aizawl and I hope they will come to support us in our last home game of the season,” he concluded.
The match is scheduled at 02:00 PM and it’ll be broadcast live on Star Sports 2/2 HD and streamed live on Hotstar and Jio TV.