Kolkata: In a clash between two struggling teams, Mohammedan Sporting will host Churchill Brothers at the Kishore Bharti Krirangan in Kolkata on Tuesday. Mohammedan Sporting have failed to score in their last three matches, most recently in a goalless draw with Trau on Friday. The Black and White Brigade have won just one match from their last seven matches and are placed ninth.
However, Mohammedan head coach Kibu Vicuna felt the result did not do justice to his team’s performance on the field. They became the first team this season to avoid defeat at Trau and could have got more if not for their poor finishing in the final third.
“It is true that we are creating a lot of chances, which is a good thing, but we have failed to score in our last few matches,” said the Spaniard. We need to be aggressive and improve our finishing.”
After our good match against TRAU, we got just one point. We were in better shape that day, and I think we will continue to play like this tomorrow. Of course, our focus is to get the three points. But the purpose is the same.”
It is surprising for Mohammedan Sporting, who finished runners-up last year, to be in the relegation battle this season. With not much difference in points between teams in the lower half of the table like Mumbai Indians, Neroca and Rajasthan United, Vicuna is now focused on finishing as high as possible in the table. We need to concentrate on winning our matches. This is the only thing we can do now.
For their opponents, Churchill Brothers, a 0-3 defeat to Srinidhi Deccan ended a run of four consecutive clean sheets on Saturday. The Red Machines have failed to win more than two matches in a row this season and are placed fifth with 20 points. Since their 5-0 thumping success against Rajasthan United, Churchill has scored just one goal in his next three matches.
Churchill Brothers assistant coach Mateusz Costa said, “Every team has their eyes on the title, but we just want to do better on the field and enjoy ourselves.” Mohammedan is a good team. We expect a good contest.-IANS
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