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"We’ll play for the victory" - Churchill Brothers SC head coach ahead of crucial Sreenidi Deccan FC clash

Churchill Brothers SC players training ahead of their clash against Sreenidi Deccan FC. (Image Courtesy: Twitter/ILeagueOfficial)
Churchill Brothers SC players training ahead of their clash against Sreenidi Deccan FC. (Image Courtesy: Twitter/ILeagueOfficial)
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Sayantan Guha

Churchill Brothers SC will have a shot at securing the third spot when the Goan club lock horns against Sreenidi Deccan FC in their final game of the I-League 2021-22 season at the Naihati Stadium on Friday.

Churchill has had a resurgence under head coach Antonio Rueda after a difficult start to the season. The Margao-based club have lost just one of their last 11 games. Now, they just need a draw to secure third place. However, the Spanish gaffer underlined that his team will not be aiming just to secure a point.

"We’ll play for the victory. I only tell my players to go for three points," Antonio Rueda stressed.
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Rueda hopes Churchill Brothers can win the league next season

The team from Goa had four losses in their first six games of the 2021-22 season. But after Rueda took charge of the team on April 1, they started with a 4-2 win against Neroca FC. Asked if Churchill Brothers could've won the league had Antonio Rueda taken over the job at the start of the season, the Spaniard averred:

"The players have put in incredible efforts in such a tight and difficult season. This year has been very tough with Gokulam and Mohammedan, and it wasn’t possible for us to win the league. I hope we can win it next season."

Meanwhile, Sreenidi Deccan FC are coming into the game after registering a comprehensive 3-1 win over title contenders Gokulam Kerala FC. A sensational first-half hat-trick from Lalromawia against his former team made all the difference. The Vizag-based club are currently fourth and need to secure a victory to jump to third spot.

"I’m very happy here at this incredible club with the staff and the players. We’ve definitely missed the fans in the stadium, but I hope they’ll be back next season," Antonio Rueda averred.

The game is expected to be a fiesty affair with both sides gunning for the podium spot.


Edited by Diptanil Roy
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