I-League 2017: Churchill Brothers coach Alfred Fernandes - Important to end the year on a high

The home side's coach Alfred Fernandes has several decisions to make ahead of the match regarding team selection

Churchill Brothers will play their first match at home in I-League this season when they take on Chennai City at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Goa on Tuesday. 

The home side's coach Alfred Fernandes has several decisions to make ahead of the match regarding team selection. His side has lost all their games so far and is desperate to turn things around. 

"Dhanachandra is out for tomorrow's game. In fact, we had quite a few injuries due to playing on artificial turf. All four of our games were on artificial turf and that took a toll on players like Dhanachandra, Rahul while others are suffering minor niggles," said Churchill Brothers coach to Goal

"The situation is bad at the moment but we know how to cope with it as we have been in such a situation before. Last season also we took time to gel which is the same case this time also, but I'm sure the boys will come strong," hoped Fernandes. 

In their last match against East Bengal, they held firm until the dying moments of the game, keeping the Kolkata giants to a 2-2 draw at their own turf. A last minute winner turned the tables around and stole the solitary point away from the heart-broken Goa-based side.

"We have seen a few positives also. Against Aizawl, we conceded in the 87th minute and against East Bengal also we conceded a late goal."

"It is very important that we end the year on a high and welcome 2018 with fresh hopes for the team. It has become imperatively important to earn maximum points from our home games."

The Indian coach also touched upon the unsatisfactory transfer business before the season kicked off. 

"This is the first time we are experiencing this. Churchill is well known to bring quality foreigners every time. You name them and all (among) the best have played for us."

"We have got feedback from the fans and the media that we didn't bring good foreigners. This is the first time Churchill are playing like this (without landing the desired signings) but there were a lot of visa problems also which did not help our cause," rued Fernandes.

Chennai City coach Soundararajan is hoping for a good test against Churchill Brothers.

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"In the last match, they played very good football against East Bengal. They are improving."

"It will be an organised side. They had given a tough fight against East Bengal. They are in a confident position. They scored two goals against East Bengal, so they will feel psychologically better, It will be a good test against us.," concluded the coach.