Kolkata: Chennai, Neroca seek crucial points to improve position on the table. Crucial points are up for the taking when ninth-placed Chennai City FC cross swords against tenth-placed North Eastern Re-Organising Cultural Association (NEROCA) Football Club at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium on Thursday.
With both contingents struggling in the bottom half of the table, the urgency to grab a win and propel themselves into the top six is of paramount importance. While Chennai City FC suffered a crushing 0-4 loss to Sudeva Delhi FC, Neroca held Mohammedan SC to a goalless draw in their previous games.
With the season entering its second half, both teams would aim for nothing short of maximum points on Tuesday.
Speaking at the official pre-match press conference, head coach Satyasagara of Chennai City FC said, “We lacked concentration and focus in our last match against Sudeva (Delhi FC). We did not defend well and were punished for our mistakes. Individual errors cost us goals and that is something which we have to correct.”
“However, we will stick with our philosophy and we have to get a positive result in our remaining matches. Our target is still to finish in the top six and we look forward to the clash against Neroca tomorrow.”
Although Neroca was without the services of star defender Varney Kallon in their last match, a good defensive performance by the rest of the squad saw them share points with Mohammedan. The positives are there to be seen in Gift Raikhan’s contingent with a solid backline and pacey forwards, but points are still amiss.
Raikhan, in the pre-match press briefing, stated that he would want to change that tomorrow, saying, “We cannot afford to fall prey to inconsistency anymore. For the remaining of our matches, we have to play as if it is a do-or-die situation. We need to collect maximum points tomorrow as well.”
“We are missing consistency but the squad has improved a lot. So as long as there is an improvement, consistency will come. As coaches, we need to find the best solutions to give better results. We will do better with every match.”
“We need to be careful of Chennai City FC tomorrow as they will also be looking to get points on the board. It will be an exciting clash between two teams that are looking to get into the top half,” he added.
Defender Gobin Thokchom said, “We need to win tomorrow. It is of crucial importance that we get maximum points tomorrow and propel ourselves into the top half. We are ready for the challenge at hand and will play out to get the result we want.”