- Chennaiyin FC vs Aizawl FC will kick things off in the Hero Super Cup 2018, India
- Aizawl FC coach Santosh Kashyap believes his team can surprise Chennaiyin FC as the reigning ISL Champions will be under pressure
Chennaiyin FC vs Aizawl FC is going to kick off the Hero Super Cup 2018 at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on March 31 (Saturday). Chennaiyin FC are coming into the Super Cup India 2018 as the Indian Super League (ISL) winners which is bound to keep a target on their back as teams from ISL and I-League must be gunning to take the reigning ISL Champions down. The knockout format of the Super Cup 2018 is such that teams get just one chance to ensure they stay in the competition and whether you are the ISL Champions or a team which narrowly avoided the relegation in I-League, both teams will have an equal chance of progressing to the next round of Hero Super Cup 2018.
Pressure will be on Chennaiyin FC, says Aizawl FC coach
Ahead of the opening game of Super Cup India, Aizawl FC Coach Santosh Kashyap was buoyant about his team’s chances against Chennaiyin FC and claimed that the pressure will be on Chennaiyin FC to maintain their tag of ISL Champions and get past the Aizawl FC side.
Santosh Kashyap also favored the knockout brand of football in Hero Super Cup 2018 and said: “We are a young team and we are playing one of the best teams. Any team can beat any team any day. They have the pressure of being the champions. I am confident that we can cope up with the pressure and try to perform to our best.”
Kashyap believes his team learned a great deal after an emotionally charged I-League 2017/18 season. Aizawl FC were tipped to suffer relegation last season but managed to put together a string of victories and grabbed the 5th position in the standings and managed to get an automatic place in the Super Cup India 2018.
Santosh Kashyap believes his team has enough players to ensure that Chennaiyin FC vs Aizawl FC does not become a one-sided affair and the players will ensure that Chennaiyin FC will get a tough game and who knows we may have our first major upset of the Hero Super Cup 2018 with Santosh Kashyap’s team coming out on top in the Chennaiyin FC vs Aizawl FC battle.
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