As AIFF Super Cup enters into the quarter-final stages, defending champions Bengaluru FC will take on current I-League champions Chennai City FC in the first match. Chennai City FC stunned ISL side FC Pune City in their pre-quarter final match by registering a 4-2 win over the Stallions.
Defending champions Bengaluru FC will have their task cut out when they take on neighbours Chennai City FC in a much-anticipated quarterfinal clash of the Hero Super Cup at the Kalinga Stadium, in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. With either side basking in triumphs of the competitions they take part in, the game will pit the champions of I-League and the Indian Super League against each other for the first time ever in a competitive clash.
“It will be a nice game, with winners of the two different competitions of the country going up against each other and I’m sure it will be a good show for the supporters. We are aware of the qualities that Chennai City
Both teams go into the game on the back of different circumstances. While the Blues received a bye in their Round of 16
“We’re all eager to play football. We, as coaches and players, would always want to play matches. It would be special to win two trophies in a season and we want to be competitive and try to do our best to reach the final and
Akbar Nawaz’s side secured their quarterfinal berth after a thrilling 4-2 win over FC Pune City, and despite playing most of the second half with ten men, they managed to outsmart Phil Brown’s side to claim a late win thanks to Pedro Manzi’s hat-trick.
The Spaniard will be the Blues biggest threat, and was I-League’s top-scorer with 21 goals from 18 games, at more than one goal per game. In fact, his hat-trick against Pune in the Round of 16
While the Blues might not have played a game in Bhubaneswar this season, they do carry forward an impressive record. Bengaluru hasn’t lost a game in the city and in fact, have a perfect record at the Kalinga Stadium, winning five out of five games at the venue, the most by any team. Chennai City meanwhile hasn’t lost
On the team news front, Bengaluru will be missing the services of defender Rino Anto who has picked up an injury and has not made the trip. Meanwhile, Charles Lourdusamy will miss out for the Coimbatore-based side after being sent off in the clash against Pune.
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