Nothing to choose between Mumbai City FC and Chennaiyin FC in 131st IndianOil Durand Cup

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Nothing to choose between Mumbai City FC and Chennaiyin FC

Kolkata, Saturday, September 10, 2022: There is nothing to choose between Mumbai City FC (MCFC) and Chennaiyin FC (CFC) as they clash in the third quarter-final of the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup, here at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) on Sunday. The match kicks-off at 6.00 pm Indian Standard Time (IST).

Catch all seven knockout games of the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup LIVE on:

–       Live Telecast: Sports18 1 SD & HD, and Sports18 Khel 

–       Live Stream: VOOT

–       Kick-off: Mumbai City FC v Chennaiyin FC @ 6.00 pm (Sep 11, 2022)

The Islanders have come through as group toppers of Group B but only just, while the Marina Machans qualified by finishing  a clear second to reigning Indian Super League (ISL) champions Hyderabad FC in Group C. MCFC though will have the advantage of having played their group games at the Kolkata venues while CFC played in Imphal.

That slight conditions advantage may not hold for much at this professional level however and given the quality both sides possess, it will be tough to pick a winner.

“No fitness issues in the team,” said a confident former German international and CFC coach Thomas Brdaric, in the pre-match press conference. “Whether its Champions League or Durand, our approach won’t change,” said an equally calm Des Buckingham of MCFC.

Chennaiyin have been banking heavily on their ace midfielder Anirudh Thapa to deliver the goods and he has so far with as many as five goal contributions. Mumbai on the other hand have the tournament’s highest scorer Lallianzuala Chhangte in their ranks with five goals to his name. Their efforts have helped both their sides to overcome a few problems at the back where they have conceded six (CFC) and seven (MCFC) goals respectively.

A lot will also depend on the foreign players of both sides and the impact they have on the game. The likes of Ahmed Jahouh and Gary Stewart for the Islanders and Vafa and Petar Sliskovic for the Machans have shown the potential to turn games consistently. Des Buckingham also spoke about Murtada Fall having joined the side and the Senegalese defender has been one of the most successful players in Indian football in recent times.

Overall, it has all the makings of a blockbuster game of football.

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Suman Munshi

Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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