Minerva Punjab will look to regain the top spot when they face Chennai City FC at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Monday. They have had a fantastic start to the season, winning two and drawing one match so far, bagging seven points out of a possible nine in the process.
Head coach Wangkhem Khogen Singh was upbeat about his team chances in the pre-match press conference and emphasized that they will take the field to win full three points.
"We are going for 3 points every game: Day in, day out. We won’t pay loose football. We will follow the same philosophy and play according to our strength,” he said.
He added that there is no place for complacency as the league is long and that his team needs to maintain the momentum.
Bhutanese captain Chencho Gyeltshen, who has been the marquee signing for Minerva this season accompanied his coach and commented, "Yes, I am definitely looking to score tomorrow. More than that I love to contribute in terms of assists as well. If anybody is there in a better position than me then I will play the ball to him."
But Singh refused to divulge any team information and only said," We are yet to decide on that. We have analysed Chennai City’s performance in last two games and will put a strong team against them.”
On the other hand, Chennai City has had a bumpy start to the league since they have managed to pick up only a single point from their two previous games. This is their third match on the road and coach V Soundararajan is confident that his team can turn the tables.
"We are here to get 3 points. We will go all out. Minerva Punjab have played really well, they are a strong team. We have analysed their strikers. Our team wasn’t settled in the first match against Indian Arrows. The team bonding was missing there but in the second game we played well."
Soundararajan assured that the cold will not affect his boys as they will get ample time to warm up. "We aren’t worried too much about the weather. As soon as the players will come on
the pitch, they will get warmed up so it doesn’t really bother us,” he concluded.