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Chennai City FC & Aizawl FC face off in relegation battle!

Defending I-League champions Chennai City FC will be taking on former champions Aizawl FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore on Sunday, February 23. The match is scheduled for a 7pm kick-off and will be broadcast LIVE on 1Sports, with online streaming available on the Fancode app and website and on the 1Sports Facebook Page.

The setting of the match, however is some way off their glory laden days. With just one point separating the two sides, Chennai (15 points) and Aizawl (14 points) are currently placed eighth and tenth on the table respectively.

The hosts did create a flurry of scoring opportunities in their last game against TRAU but were denied three points of the night by the goalkeeping heroics of Shayan Roy.

Reflecting on those 90 minutes, Chennai City FC head coach Akbar Nawas said, “Yes, it was frustrating not to win the game against TRAU but we have to take the positives and continue building on the same in our next game.”

Weighing in on their Sunday opponents, he added, “Aizawl FC are a tough team to play. They have the ability to eke out wins but we are definitely gunning for the three points which is obviously crucial at this stage of the season.”

Aizawl FC were on course to coming away with a draw from Margao against Churchill Brothers but the Red Machines caused stoppage-time heartbreak for the visitors and Aizawl FC head coach Stanley Rozario admitted that his side needs to learn to play better and smarter in the dying moments, given that it wasn’t the first time something similar happened to his team during this campaign.

He said, “My players need to learn how to play during added-on time. They need to manage the time better by defending and playing safe and for that, more focus and concentration is needed.”

Coach Rozario reflected further on his side’s stoppage-time woes and added, “The match against Churchill was evenly contested but eventually, it was heart-breaking to lose the match in the dying seconds. The same thing happened against Punjab when we were leading 3-2 and in the 93rd minute, we gave away a penalty and settled for a draw.”

“However against Chennai City, we will be going in with a positive mindset and a clean slate. We showed great character and fighting spirit to come back from a goal down against Churchill and we never gave up. We will give it our all to get the three points,” he concluded.

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