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Mohun Bagan eye comeback as they take on Chennaiyin FC

They have scored just 11 goals — the joint second-lowest in the league
Roy Krishna
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Our Bureau   |   Calcutta   |   Published 21.01.21, 05:07 AM

ATK Mohun Bagan will look to put up a better show when they take on Chennaiyin FC in an ISL VII match at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Thursday.

ATK Mohun Bagan lost to Mumbai City FC and drew with FC Goa in their last two games but coach Antonio Lopez Habas said there is “no added pressure” on him.

“In a league, you have good as well as bad moments. We have played the last two games against the top two teams – FC Goa and Mumbai City FC – who are capable of winning the league. But the best part is we are in the top half of the table,” said Habas.

Habas’ side has created the least number of chances (81) this season and attempted just 35 shots on target.

They have also scored just 11 goals — the joint second-lowest in the league.

 “We need to find the right balance between attack and defence. I wouldn’t prefer scoring and conceding 25 goals. That’s not good for me,” the Spaniard said.

Roy Krishna, their main attacking outlet, scored five goals in his first six matches, but since then he has scored just one in the last five. Asked about the Fijian’s form, Habas said: “I don’t have any problem. This is football. We have to continue our work. Our idea is to get three points in every match.”

The last time the two teams met, they split points after a barren tie and, on Thursday too, it will be quite a challenge for ATK Mohun Bagan.

Chennaiyin have kept their play-off hopes alive, thanks to some good defensive performances.

Csaba Laszlo’s men have already kept more clean sheets than they did in the entire last season.

However, their progress has been marred by injuries during the campaign, with Rafael Crivellaro being the latest casualty.

“We lost our captain who was a vital cog in the Chennaiyin wheel,” said Laszlo.

“We are bogged down by injuries but are not complaining,” he said.  

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