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Abhishek Bachchan likely to join Chennaiyin in Hero Super Cup final
Sportslogon Team April 12th 2019


Bhubaneswar : Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan likely to join his Chennaiyin FC team to cheer them in the Hero Super Cup final match against Goa FC to be held at Kalinga Stadium here on Saturday.

The junior Bachchan is not only a movie star on his own right but also a sports entrepreneur. The Bollywood star has a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) franchise in Jaipur Pink Panthers and is a co-owner of the Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Chennaiyin FC.

This will be the second meeting in a tournament's final between these two teams, having previously squared off in the title-decider of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) back in 2015. Chennaiyin came out on top the last time, but the Goa FC will be eager to reverse the script this time around.

Chennaiyin who was started their Super Cup journey as underdog, in the Indian Super League (ISL) they were placed in the 10th place with nine points. From the bottom of the ISL point table, the hard work of the team placed them in the Super Cup title race.

In the pre-match Press meet on Friday, Chennaiyin’s head coach John Gregory expressed "We start as the underdogs in the final. I believe FC Goa are the favourites. We are pleased to be in the final. We have worked incredibly hard to reach here. We've beaten two teams that made the semi-finals of this season's Hero ISL but this will be a big test for us. Now that we're in the final, there is only one thought - to win it," he said.

Chennaiyin will be without Christopher Herd on Saturday, who is suspended for the final due to an accumulation of bookings. Sharing his opinion about how big of a miss the Australian will be, Gregory said, "Unfortunately we are without Chris Herd tomorrow, who misses out through suspension

Goa head coach Sergio Lobera spoke about his team's preparations for the big match and said, "We are approaching this final in the same way we approached the last one with a lot of excitement. We are working on the same path as we did in the last games. We have to be able to handle the emotions. We are doing nothing special. We just want to approach it with the right attitude."

Speaking about Chennaiyin's recent resurgence after a poor Hero ISL season, Lobera commented, "They completely deserve to be in the final. They have been superior to the other teams. They have a very bad experience from the Hero ISL season. Tomorrow, we are facing a tough team who are similar to the old Chennaiyin team." .
This news was added and updated on : April 12th 2019
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