Durand Cup 2019: FC Goa Dev Team vs. Chennai City FC preview
The FC Goa Developmental Team goes into their game against defending I-League champions Chennai City tomorrow on 14th August with their eyes set on another three points after overcoming Army Green in their Durand Cup opener.
The 1-0 win in their last game sees the young Gaurs sit in second position at the moment with Real Kashmir currently in pole position thanks to their two wins in as many games.
Chennai City, meanwhile, come into the game at the back of 1-0 loss at the hands of Real Kashmir thanks to a Danish Farooq strike in the 90th minute. The team from down south has named a squad that is quite different from the one that conquered the I-League and is composed of only Indians – looking at the Durand Cup as an avenue to give their youngsters vital exposure.
The Gaffer’s Call
Clifford Miranda saw his side overcome defending champions Army Green in their first encounter thanks to a first-half strike from Liston Colaco. The former Indian international looks confident to carry the momentum into a game which he feels will be another tough test.
“Chennai City is a team that I admire. It was a commendable effort from them to win the I-League and what was really worth appreciating was that they had a philosophy of football that they believed in and stuck to till the last moment,” stated Miranda.
“But I believe in my boys. I believe that if we play to our potential, we will be able to come out of this with all three points. The Goa Pro League last season has helped these young boys and I believe that we can overcome some really strong sides.
“I expect Wednesday’s game to be a really tough one. They will be up against a side that will be eager to come back from a loss but we ourselves have a really good chance to qualify for the semi-finals and will be giving our all to get all three points.”
Stats and Facts
- The first game saw FC Goa take 19 shots on goal with 10 of them being on target
- The centre-midfield combination of Nester Dias and Princeton Rebello played a total of 132 passes; completing 116 of them (88% success) in their win over Army Green
- The young Gaurs played a total 17 key passes in the game against Army Green with 6 of them coming off the boots of Princeton Rebello
- Brian Faria led the team with 16 interceptions with the whole team accounting for 70
- Princeton Rebello was the leader in terms of success tackles with 6 to his name. The team as a whole made a total of 24 tackles that were successful
- Liston Colaco led the team with a total of 8 successful dribbles in the first game