Chennaiyin cautious of Aizawl FC
bhubaneswar: Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory feels that the currently-crowned Hero Indian Super League champions have come to Bhubaneswar with nothing but 'intention of winning' as the Chennai-outfit will open their Hero Super Cup 2018 campaign against Aizawl FC on Saturday.
"The Super League season has ended. The euphoria of winning the final is already over and now we have another challenge right in front of us. We are a very professional outfit and we're back to the ground now to focus on this tournament starting on Saturday with every intention of winning."
The Indian Super League champions had played a pre-season friendly match against the previous Hero I-League champions in October and Gregory mentioned that his team has a knowledge of the Highlanders' capability on the pitch and how fierce the contest is going to be on Saturday.
"We played a pre-season game against them. We know a bit about them. They were very successful last season, became I-League champions. We are obviously aware of the fact that it's going to be a fiercely contested game tomorrow."
Dhanapal Ganesh who is back from the Indian National Team setup following the AFC Asian Cup qualifier game added, "We had enjoyed a lot after winning the ISL title but now we're focusing on tomorrow's match. It's definitely going to be a tough challenge for us."
Nonetheless, coach John Gregory hinted that he might throw in a few new players into the ring on Saturday.
"In the ISL, we couldn't experiment much as all the games were very crucial. There's always a possibility of throwing 1-2 players with lesser experience to tomorrow's game who couldn't game more opportunity before."
On the other hand, Aizawl FC coach Santosh Kashyap stressed that the match is very evenly poised and his boys can spoil Chennaiyin FC's party on Saturday.