Chennaiyin ride Nelson strike to win

FC Pune City coach Ranko Popovic is serving a four-match ban

FC Pune City coach Ranko Popovic is serving a four-match ban

CFC has 17 points from nine games and will look to gain full points at Marina Arena tomorrow to consolidate its position in the table.

Incidentally, the Pune team's coach Ranko Popovic is serving a four-match ban. However, the visitors will now also have to overcome the absence of their talisman Marcelinho.

The "B" team is set to play their first competitive fixture in the Don Bosco - Fr. McFerran Trophy All India Football Tournament (AIFF) at Don Bosco Matriculation School, Red Hills here on Saturday, 13 January 2018.

"Marcelinho is one of the best players in the league", the Serbian stated.

Assistant coach Syed Sabir Pasha, who addressed reporters ahead of the game admitted that conceding goals at the death has cost them dear and called for focus till the final whistle. "I know our team has good quality".

Gregory's absence should not impact Chennaiyin on the field and they should be encouraged with the return of their captain Henrique Soreno who completed serving a one-match suspension of his own. Though the result turned out in favour of the home team, Pune gave them quite the scare in the early minutes of the match.

The two sides, looking to win and go to the top of the standings, began in right earnest with an attacking mindset. This move is also aimed at facilitating the transition of players to the senior team and ensuring their development continues through exposure in a competitive environment.

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. Besides, there will be prizes for best player and top scorer of the tournament. However, he is little bit concerned about his side leaking goals due to lack of focus in the dying minutes of the game. "It will be a good contest", Pasha added. "We know his importance, he is a strong player but we know how (good) is our team", Pune City assistant coach Vladica Grujic said. Now, it's time to try to win points to come as close as possible to first four. "This is our aim to come in the first four teams", he added.

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