I-League Match Preview: Minerva Punjab vs Mohunbagan Fc
Mohun Bagan set their quest for the new I-league campaign when they travel to Ludhiana to face Minerva
Date: 25 November 2017
Kickoff: 5:30 (IST)
Broadcast: Star sports 2 & Star sports 2 HD
Live stream: Hotstar , Jio TV
Venue: Ludhiana stadium
Minerva are braced for the journey to capture the lights among big clubs after a disappointing campaign last time out. For that they have included some interesting name in the squad. One of those will turn up to be match decider in the phase of the league is Chencho Gyeltsen. The Bhutanese forward is full of extraordinary skill and talent and will play a bigger role to sustain Minerva’s expectation to do something wishful this season. Chencho also scored a hat trick in the preseason against Bengaluru Fc to announce his arrival. Another notable purchase is Japanese midfielder Toshiya.
Their home pitch of Ludhiana is not prepared up to the mark for this occasion and the turf is natural with shaved grass at places which can cause irregular bounces.
That is what is concerning Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen but he knew his team’s capability which will bring the crown once again to the corridor. In his three year reign at this club, Sanjoy has won one I-league and one Federation cup and had two close calls in both the competitions this year. Bagan tried their best to grab the fifth title in their history but Aizawl snatched the crown from them at the very end.
Mohun bagan’s preseason preparation was not at all satisfying as they lost to Fc pune city and Fc Goa, two Isl based club. Moreover, they failed to retain some great names in their squad, some of them who opted to play for Isl instead.
But ‘Mr dependable’ Haitian Sony Norde had stayed with the club and now been handed the captain armband after their former leader Katshumi made his move to rivals East Bengal. His strength in the midfield will power up the upfront where Bagan has named two classy forwards. Dipanda Dika had been sensational with Mohabadan Fc in the Calcutta league, originally signed by Green and Maroon and caught the eye of the board. The top scorer of the previous season with Shillong Lajong is hungry for more this campaign. Alongside him, Sen has a expertise known as Kromah who played a consistent role in the Calcutta league, the crown which Mohun Bagan missed not by much.
Bagan will be without midfield duo Diogo Fierreira and Yuta Kinowaki because of injury issues. Both are set to miss the trip to Ludhiana.
Minerva Punjab: Arshdeep, Deepak, Daro, Sukhdev, Abhisek, Toshiya, Kassim, Chencho, Karim, Grik, Gangandeep
Mohun Bagan: Paul, Ricky, Kingsley, Debnath, Bagui, Norde, Fernandes, Silva, Lyngdoh, Kromah, Dicka