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Mumbai to meet Chennaiyin in Super Cup round of 16 inaugural
Sportslogon Team March 28th 2019


Bhubaneswar : Mumbai City FC will face fellow Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Chennaiyin FC in the inaugural day match of the Hero Super Cup’s Round of 16 at Kalinga Stadium here on Friday. The former champions Chennaiyin finished at the bottom of the table whereas the Mumbai made it to the semi-finals in the recently concluded ISL 2018-19.

At the pre-match press conference, Chennaiyin coach John Gregory expressed. “Yes, I think they have an advantage because they had a very good season. But we still have a lot to play for, being involved in two Cup competitions. We’re treating this competition very seriously and we want to do well,” he said.

Gregory, however, did feel that his players were confident going into the match thanks to their progression in the AFC Cup. “Yes, it’s given us good confidence. Jeje Lalpekhlua has had a difficult season along with the rest of us. But he scored in the Colombo game. He scored the match-winner. That’s put a big smile on his face. On the training ground, the players have been excellent, working very hard.”

The Mumbai City FC coach, Jorge Costa, on the other hand, voiced similar hopes pertaining to the Hero Super Cup. He said, “We are here to do our best. We respect this competition a lot. It is the last competition of the season and we want to finish well. We will try to do our best. We will try to go as far as possible starting from tomorrow’s game. It’s a game we want to win 100%.”

Hinting at increased chances for the youth in the tournament, Costa said, “Yes, as I told before, this is a competition we respect a lot. But me as a head coach of this club, I have to make some options. We are going to play this competition thinking also about next season. We have only one foreign player, Lucian Goian. And some young players who will have this opportunity to play and to tell me that they have the quality I’m looking for next season. So, tomorrow you’ll see some change in our team.”

Moving further, the Portuguese gave his views on the Chennaiyin squad. “Very good team with very good players. They made a season no one was expecting to be like it was. They have very good Indian players and very good foreign players. So, we are not expecting an easy game tomorrow. .
This news was added and updated on : March 28th 2019
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