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Hero Super Cup 2018: Chennai City FC looking forward to play ATK, says coach

  • Two-time ISL champions ATK will take on I-League side Chennai City FC in Hero Super Cup 2018 qualifier on Friday
  • Chennai City FC coach is vary of the challenge posed by the might and experience of ATK
  • Hero Super Cup 2018 has been designed by the AIFF to replace the existing Federation Cup

The Hero Super Cup 2018, also known as the India Super Cup 2018 has been conceptualized by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as a showdown between the Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League teams. The Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar will host all matches of the inaugural India Super Cup 2018 which will be a 16-team affair, involving six top teams each from the ISL and I-League and the remaining four places to be filled up by clubs positioned between 7th and 10th places in the two leagues. The Super Cup Fixtures got underway on Thursday (March 15) and ATK vs Chennai City FC will be the fourth qualifying match. Details regarding Super Cup Live Score, Super Cup Live Streaming and Super Cup Fixtures have been mentioned below.

Chennai City coach explains the team’s mindset ahead of Hero Super Cup 2018 clash

Before the Hero Super Cup 2018 qualifier between ATK and Chennai City FC, Mohammed Akbar, the head coach of Chennai City addressed the media in the pre-match press conference and shared how the mindset of the club was prior to the competition.

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“It is something that we are looking forward to, to play an ISL side. It would be wrong to contemplate tomorrow’s result from the league’s outcome. Everyone will start from scratch and we have the potential to swing the result in our way. It’s a new challenge and we’re ready for it,” Akbar said, ahead of the Hero Super Cup 2018 qualifier between the two sides.

While Chennai City FC finished eighth in the Hero I-League table this year, two-time ISL champions ATK also endured a horrid season where not only did they fail to defend their title but finished second last in the table. As such, the India Super Cup 2018 is a golden opportunity for both teams to salvage some pride and finish their season on a high.

Akbar also reflected on the poor league outings for both teams and said, as reported by “Tomorrow’s game is a one-off game. You cannot go by what happened in the league, be it the I-League of the ISL. All that matters is what happens tomorrow.”

Former Tottenham and Liverpool striker Robbie Keane was brought in as the marquee player for ATK this season but owing to persistent niggles and injuries, the Irish international wasn’t able to drive his team to a third ISL title. Akbar, though, sounded cautious regarding Keane’s lack of impact and chose to highlight his quality.

“Robbie Keane is a terrific player who can wreak havoc. He might draw two defenders and that might leave open space for others to attack. We have to be on our toes throughout,” he stated.

When will India Super Cup 2018 match ATK vs Chennai City FC be held?

The India Super Cup 2018 match between ATK and Chennai City FC will be played on Friday (March 16, 2018).

What time does ATK vs Chennai City FC match start?

The ATK vs Chennai City FC India Super League 2018 match will kick-off at 8 PM IST.

Hero Super Cup Live Streaming, ATK vs Chennai City FC TV Channel

The Star Sports Network has obtained the exclusive broadcasting rights of the India Super Cup 2018. The ATK vs Chennai City FC match will be available for live telecast in India on the TV channel – Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD at 8 PM IST on Friday (March 16). To watch the Super Cup live streaming, you can tune in to Hotstar and Jio TV, with the option of English and/or Hindi commentary.

India Super Cup Live score, ATK vs Chennai City FC

India Super Cup live score for ATK vs Chennai City FC, along with updates, statistics can be checked on Flash Score, which will provide complete and latest updates throughout the duration of the tournament.

Super Cup Fixtures

The Hero Super Cup aka India Super Cup fixtures will begin on March 31st and will take place till April 20, when the India Super Cup 2018 final takes place. The Super Cup fixtures are given below;

March 31, 2018: Chennaiyin FC vs Aizawl FC.

April 1, 2018: Bengaluru FC vs Qualifier 2 (Winner of NorthEast United vs Gokulam Kerala FC).

April 1, 2018: Qualifier 1 (Winner of Delhi Dynamos vs Churchill Brothers) vs Mohun Bagan.

April 2, 2018: Minerva Punjab FC vs Jamshedpur FC .

April 3, 2018: FC Goa vs Qualifier 4 (Winner of ATK vs Chennai City FC)

April 4, 2018: FC Pune City vs Shillong Lajong.

April 5, 2018: Kingfisher East Bengal vs Qualifier 3 (Winner of Mumbai City FC vs Indian Arrows).

April 6, 2018: NEROCA FC vs Kerala Blasters.

Quarter-finals: TBA

April 16: Semi-final 1.

April 17: Semi-final 2.

April 20: Final

READ: Everything you need to know about India Super Cup 2018.

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