Aizawl FC returns to the I-League action after a two-week layoff as they meet hosts TRAU FC in Imphal today (Saturday).
The home teams despite winning runs are cautious of the might the strong Aizawl combine, who have bigger names and better track records. Placed third in the I-League table, TRAU FC is high on confidence from three successive wins, including against strong Indian Arrows (2-0) and Churchill Brothers Goa (2-1).
“We are delighted that we have three wins in a row against very good opponents and we are unbeaten in the last five games. The results are coming because of the hard and disciplined work of the players. My boys have started believing in themselves again and in their teammates.,” says TRAU FC Head Coach Dimitris Dimitriou, according to outlookindia.com.
“Aizawl is a club with four or five times bigger budget than my team. They have good players and a solid team. They have also made a few additions during this transfer window and being former champions, they are a well-organized club. It is going to be a hard game against them but I hope my players will overcome all the difficulties and we will get the three valuable points and stay in the top half of the league.”
In spite of some big names on their ranks, former I-League champions have done precious little to justify their top billing. The team has been forced to split points in their last four games and will be keen to get back to winning ways and move up on the points table from their present ninth positon for eight points from seven games – one win, one defeat, and five draws.
Two weeks away from travel and action have enabled the team to regroup and work on their strategy. “We got a two-week break and we have built up our team in all the games related to aspects like transition in attacking and defending, converting goal-scoring chances and more focused on avoiding silly mistakes,” says Aizawl FC Head Coach Stanley Rozario.
“We have also played a friendly match with the Mizoram state team and won it. Now my team is ready and my players are confident and looking forward to taking on TRAU FC. We will try hard to get three points.”
“TRAU FC started the league very poorly by losing three matches and they were at the bottom of the table but now it is totally different and transformed team under coach Dimitriou. It is amazing as the team is settled and looks more organized.”
The match scheduled to start at 2:00 pm will be broadcast LIVE on DSPORT. Fans can tune in to DSPORT on TataSky- 496 ; Dish TV – 630 ; Videocon D2H – 410 ; Fastway – 314 ; GTPL SD/HD – 312/150 ; Siti Digital – 483 ; Digi Cable – 406 and Hathway – 183.