After having won against Minerva Punjab FC in their last I-League clash, Churchill Brothers will now face defending champions Aizawl FC in their next encounter at the Tilak Maidan in Goa on Wednesday.
The Paulo Menezes-coached side, who are coming from a stalemate against Chennai City FC, have been winless in their last five matches – counting the AFC Champions League game against Zob Ahan.
The run of results has seen them slump to a lowly sixth on 16 points and Churchill Brothers are only three points behind the defending champions.
Churchill Brothers saw addition of players like Koffi Mechac, Kalu Ogba, Eldor Hussein and others and coach Alfred Fernandes said,
“It is my belief that if we had this whole set of foreigners from the beginning, we could have been in the top two and even heading the league table with some distance. In the initial stages of the season, we lost five matches which are 15 points. So you see the recovery we had to make from the five defeats.
Aizawl coach Paulo Meneses said,
“You cannot compare this Churchill Brothers to the one that played in Aizawl with us. They have improved a lot. It will be a very tough game. We are ready to play against them but we know it will be difficult. They are a very competitive team and they are improving. It is not the same Churchill Brothers.”
“That (backlash) is always expected, especially Aizawl being the defending champions. Being in mid-table, they will come out hard against us. Playing out a draw against bottom-placed Chennai City FC must have hurt them a lot. We have to be prepared,” Alfred Fernandes said.
With inputs from ANI