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I-League 2017-18: NEROCA' coach Raikhan believes his team are collectively strong

CHENNAI CITY FC were dealt a painful 1-2 blow when they met NEROCA in Hero I-League earlier this season. Ngangom Ronald's injury-time winner left Soundarajan's boys pointless despite Jean-Micheal Joachim cancelling out Kallon Kiatamba's first-half strike.

On Tuesday (January 9, 2018), Chennai City will seek to rectify their errors and take all three points from their newly-shifted home ground at Coimbatore.

"We have a specific strategy for the opposition team and we have the support of playing on our home ground. In Imphal, we lost the match as we missed many chances and a penalty kick. Now we know our mistakes and we will go all out tomorrow," said V Soundararajan, the head coach of Chennai City.

Chennai City are eighth in the standings with two wins and two draws to their name. Striker Jean-Micheal Joachim will be the man to mark for NEROCA as the Frenchman has already notched five goals so far in the campaign, equalling Katsumi Yusa and Aser Dipanda Dicka at the top of the goalscoring charts.

Playmaker Soosairaj is responsible for the majority of Chennai's forays forward. The local lad, who is a mainstay in midfield for Chennai, will look to feed Jean Joachim with early balls to get the better of the NEROCA defence, who, alongside Mohun Bagan, have only let in a league-best five goals in the campaign so far. 

Singam Subhash Singh is in supreme form for NEROCA and the forward will once again spearhead the Gift Raikhan-led team's attack. With three goals to his name, Subash has managed to catch the eye of the Indian football audience with his impressive performances up front for NEROCA.

NEROCA have only lost one game so far from a total of seven and are third in the standings, behind Kingfisher East Bengal and Minerva Punjab. They are unbeaten in their last six games and that is an incredible run for a newly promoted side.

"We have to prepare mentally and stand together," said a proud Raikhan. "My team is consistently doing very well now. My boys are doing well now. The team is collectively strong."

The match is scheduled for an 8 PM kick-off and It will be broadcast live on Star Sports 2/2 HD and will be live streamed on Hotstar and Jio TV.

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