Kolkata: A home win and a loss for Aizawl away to Shillong – Mohun Bagan and their hordes of supporters across the globe would want just that on Sunday when their side take on Chennai City FC in the last round Hero I-League encounter at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium on Sunday (April 30, 2017).
Mohun Bagan (33) are placed second in the points table, three points behind Aizawl (36) who are top of the heap.
If they emerge victorious against Chennai and Aizawl succumb to a defeat at Shillong, Sanjoy Sen’s green and maroon brigade will be crowned champions on better goal difference.
A draw will be enough for Khalid Jamil-coached Aizawl to script history and become winners of the league for the first time.
The mariners beat Aizawl at home 3-2 but lost to them away 0-1 thus taking their head-to-head advantage out of the equation. On the goal difference count, Mohun Bagan are ahead by four goals than Aizawl.
“Our aim is to win and end the league on a high. I am not thinking about what will happen there (in Shillong)”, Mohun Bagan coach Sen told reporters on the eve of the game.
“The so-called not so big teams like Minerva and Chennai, Mohun Bagan have struggled more against them away or home. So I have told the boys to be extra cautious against these teams,” Sen added.
Chennai coach V Soundararajan said it’s a great opportunity for his one-year-old side who are dwelling near the foot of the league table to play against a side like Mohun Bagan.
“Mohun Bagan is one of the best clubs in India. It is a great opportunity for us to play against Mohun Bagan. We will go all out. Echezona Anyichie is ruled out.”
Brazilian Charles will be the only foreigner in the starting XI on Sunday as Marcos Thank won’t be available. Chennai are eighth in the table having 17 points. They lost 1-6 to Churchill Brothers in their last game.
“We did not have Eche (zona) so it was a big blow for us,” the coach said. Echezona was sent off in the 61st minute for a second yellow.
The match is scheduled at 07:00 PM and it’ll be telecast on Ten 1.