Duler: Churchill Brothers will look to bag full points and regain the top position when they take on Air India in an I-League encounter on Monday at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa. Churchill Brothers, with 39 points from 18 matches, are one point behind league toppers East Bengal who have played two more matches than them. While Air India, who are fighting relegation, are placed 12th with 18 points from as many matches.
The long break has helped Churchill Brothers playmaker Roberto Silva to completely recover from his finger injury and coach Mariano Dias will have a full squad to choose from for Tuesday's game. Churchill Brothers coach Mariano Dias is optimistic that his team will go all out for a win as they want to regain the top spot.
"Air India is fighting to come out of relegation and will come hard on us. We have to be on guard and play to our potential and win tomorrow to keep ourselves focused on the way to win the title," Mariano said. Air India's newly appointed coach Naushad Moosa, who has taken over from Anthony Pereira, will be looking for his first win as in-charge of the side, after they lost to ONGC 1-2.
"Churchill Brothers will be a tough side to beat but we have worked out a strategy to contain them and atleast collect a point," Moosa said. Air India success will depend on how their midfield combine with the strikers. While upfront Ezeh Henry and former Sporting Clube de Goa striker Elijah Obagabemiro Junior will have to combine well if they are to trouble the rival defence.