Chennaiyin FC will look to register the first win of their Durand Cup campaign when they take on reigning ISL champions Hyderabad FC in their second match on Friday, August 26.
The Group C match is scheduled to kick off at 3pm at Imphal’s Khuman Lampak Stadium.
Playing their first match under new coach Thomas Brdaric, Chennaiyin FC registered a fighting 2-2 draw against 2005-champions Army Red in their opener.
Hyderabad FC, on the other hand, will be coming into the fixture after a 2-0 win over I-League heavyweights TRAU FC in their opening clash.
Speaking about the upcoming assignment, Chennaiyin FC boss Thomas Brdaric stated, “Hyderabad FC is an experienced team and have a good blend of foreign and domestic players in the squad. It will be an exciting contest and we are prepared and looking forward for the challenge on Friday.”
The cup competition will also allow Brdaric to experiment and learn more about his players ahead of the upcoming ISL season.
“It’s a good chance for everyone in the squad to make their mark and show good performances. To prove they can be an important part of the team and can be reliable.”
“The youngsters have shown good energy in the training sessions and are willing to put in the hard work to earn the match time and their place in the team. Sajal Bag and Jiteshwor Singh earned their place in the starting XI in the opening game against Army Red but there’s always chance to improve.”
The Marina Machans are currently placed fourth in the Group C standings and a win by two goals or more will propel them to the top of the table and one step closer to qualification for the knockout stage of the tournament.
“We are still building. We are focusing on the processes. Of course, we want to win each match. (Winning) each match is our priority,” he ended.