After three weeks break, I-League action returns to Fatorda as Sporting Clube de Goa entertain the highlanders Aizawl FC in a mid-week fixture. The season 2015-16 is down to the wire as the bottom 6 teams are separated with a mere 2 point difference. Sporting are currently placed 5th on the table with 14 points and 4 matches to go while Aizawl FC are 8th with 12 points and 3 matches to go. The 2 – 0 defeat in January at the hands of Sporting will be clearly something the highlanders will have at the back of their mind this Wednesday.
The Sporting Gaffer Mateus Costa said “If you see there is no much difference in the table, this is a very important match for us and we have to give in our best tomorrow.”
When quizzed about the long break Mateus said “Yes we had a long break, it has its own pros and cons. We got time to rework our strategies and get a good look at our remaining opponents. So in a way it was a good thing to happen. The boys have been training hard and look better than before now.”
When asked about the lack of goals coming Mateus said “We have been dominating most of our home games but somewhere we lacked the finishing. This is one more aspect we have been working on during this break. I am positive we can change this tomorrow.”
The Sporting Gaffer also gave an update about the new signing Charles Esemena who was brought in to the squad for an injured Densill Theobald. Charles has been training with the team for about two weeks now and will be available for tomorrows match. On the question whether he would start the Gaffer said that call will be taken post the final training session scheduled in the evening.
When asked about how content Sporting are with their current position Mateus said “The way we have played we deserve to be in a much better position, we have lost out on some matches which could have been easily 3 points. But then again we have no one else besides ourselves to blame for it.”
When quizzed about the relegation pressure, Aizawl FC head coach Jahar Das said “Yes there is some pressure but if we could beat the top most team of this league Mohun Bagan then on our day we can upset anyone. We have watched Sporting play; even back in January when we lost against them the match was completely dominated by us. They scored some quick goals which put us on the back foot otherwise we had a good game in hand.”
Das also heaped up praises for Sporting skipper Odafa, he said “We will definitely have an advantage if Odafa doesn’t play; by far he is one of the best strikers to have played in India. Odafa is a player equal to two.”
When asked about the pressure on Sporting, midfielder Rowllin Borges responded by saying “There is no pressure at the moment, the boys have been practicing well and am sure we will put up a good show in the final four matches.”
A positive result tomorrow will definitely be a major boost for either team as it would give them some breathing space from the bottom half clutter.