Minerva hope to bounce back
Panchkula: After suffering a tiring defeat at home to Kingfisher East Bengal, Minerva Punjab are looking to come back to their winning ways to get closer to the holy grail of Indian Football, the Hero I-League silverware when they take on seventh-placed Gokulam FC at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Kerala-outfit are in a blazing form after beating both Kolkata powerhouses in successive fixtures. They humbled Mohun Bagan 2-1 in Kolkata and then dented Red & Golds' title hopes by the same margin in Kozhikode. Gokulam's red hot form can be seen from the fact that they have collected a total of 12 points in their last 5 matches.
Minerva Punjab Head Coach Wangkhem Khogen Singh was asked about his team's performance against East Bengal where they lost a tightly fought contest by one goal.
"It was a good game indeed. We fought but unluckily we lost the match. The upcoming match against Gokulam is very important and we have already convinced our boys how important this match is for the I-League title. If we take 3 points in this match then we are on top," the gaffer said.
"The boys need to understand this and they will give 100% in the match. In this league, the lower team or upper team doesn't make any difference. Now we are in a tight situation. The title is close to our hands. But still, we need to work to get it."
Khogen added he wants to make some changes in his squad to ensure a favourable result as the tactical decision to play Gagandeep as a left back against East Bengal didn't yield favourable results.
"We think the guy who played against us on our left side was strong and speedy too. We thought Bali can take him on since he is good in marking the players," he said.