I-League: Chennai City FC to stick to its game plan

Eslava returns to bolster the home team’s defence against Mohun Bagan

With three matches to go and a step closer to title, it can be a pressure situation for Chennai City FC (CCFC) when it takes on Kolkata giant Mohun Bagan in the Hero I-league clash at the Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.

But coach Akbar Nawas does not think so.

“Our players give their 100% whatever be the situation. We are here to win every game and will put up a good fight with Mohun Bagan as well,” he said.

A win against Bagan can well strengthen the title chances. “I will be lying if I say that we are not thinking of the title. All of us have decided that tomorrow (Sunday) is an important game and, since we are here, why not go for it.

“And, even if we don’t get it, we will be applauded still for what we have achieved so far,” he added.

With Spanish defender Roberto Eslava back, it’s going to be all the more good for the team.

“Eslava is sensational for the side. He is someone who holds the team right from the front. He is important to our defence from the front.” said Akbar.

The team has decided to stick to its game plan. “It is this philosophy that has got us this far,” he said.

The CCFC management has decided to throw open the gates for free for the fans. “I wish the stadium is full. If everybody comes down and watch us play will that not be a wonderful thing for the players,” he asked.

Bagan is out of the title race but coach Khalid Jamil said the team would still give its best. “Chennai City is a team with a good mix of Indian and foreign stars. They are professionals in every way but I have told my players you are playing with a good team but stand up and fight.”

“We have prepared the way we do for every other match and we will always go for a win and expect a positive result,” he added.

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