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I-League 2017: Dave Rogers - 'Churchill are back where they belong'

19:39 GMT 20/01/2017
Dave Rogers DSK Shivajians FC I-League 2017
The DSK Shivajians head coach is looking forward to playing hosts to The Red Machines....

Ahead of the I-League round four tie between DSK Shivajians and Churchill Brothers at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, the home side's coach Dave Rogers has opined that he is glad to see Churchill Brothers back in the I-League after a brief hiatus. 

"I'm looking forward to playing Churchill. It's good to see them back in the I-League, that is the place where they belong," he stated before sharing how his team plans to approach the game against Churchill. 

"We approach this game, in the same manner we have approached other games. There is no easy game and we expect a tough one. You have to be prepared the mentally and physically - the way we expect players to approach each game. Just because Churchill haven't won a game yet, it's not going to be easy. We were in the same position after two matches. We respect every team. In this league, anybody is capable of beating anybody on their day," he added. 

Preview: DSK Shivajians vs Churchill Brothers

Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers' assistant coach Alfred Fernandes insisted that his team has been playing well though they have nothing to show for it after three games. He said, "We have come with a vision to get the points. The three matches we have played so far, we have played goo football and to our potential but the result did not go our way. Against Mohun Bagan, we played a good game but we could not even come out with one point. We missed a couple of good chances." 

"In the second match, we conceded in the last minute after scoring the first goal. Tactically we were good against East Bengal but we were punished for the silly mistakes we made especially against a big club like East Bengal. That cost us the match. Hopefully, Saturday's match can be a turning point for us to put some points on the board," he further added.