Gregory Nelson secures win for Chennaiyin FC against FC Pune

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Chennai can jump back to the top of the table after picking up another win over the visitors and the Stallions can do the same by registering a first ever win against the 2015 champions.

Speaking about his teams mentality for the upcoming fixture, Pasha said, "Each and every match is a pressure match". "We conceded those goals (recently) because we lost our focus", he admitted. You just have to deal with it, " commented Grujic. If we would have kept our focus in the last few minutes, we wouldnt have conceded. "The whole team played a solid game but I'm very sad with this result because we played well". Pereira has missed a match before against Bengaluru FC when he was not fully fit and was left on the bench, and it showed as Bengaluru FC walked away with full points."Marcelinho is one of the best player in the league".

Sixteen teams from various states, including Goa and Karnataka, will take part in the Don Bosco-Fr McFerran Trophy all-India football tournament 2018 that commences here tomorrow. This puts them in a good position to push for a play-off place, though the assistant coach warned that they still have plenty to do. We're ready for this.

Pasha also acknowledged the strength of the Stallions and is looking forward to the contest.

Diego Carlos was the pick of the Pune players in attack and the assistant coach was quick to praise the efforts of the Brazilian attacker.

Chennaiyin FC skipper Henrique Sereno is back from suspension to provide more stability to the defence. Players also understand I think.


Pune got four points from their last two matches while coach Ranko Popovic was serving a four-match ban.

"Look, we're here to win", he stressed. Chennai are very, very strong.

"It hurts us, hurts the players". The Stallions worries have doubled now that their leading goal scorer Marcelinho is serving suspension due to accumulation of four yellow cards.

"Marcelinho is one of the best player in the league". "I know our team has good quality". If a team can not play without one player, it's no team. We have to play as a team in those last moments.

"We have achieved nothing yet because you can be first, fourth or last". The "B" team is expected to bridge the gap between the senior team and other youth teams - U-13, U15 and U-18 which were launched previous year.

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