High-profile clash between Churchill and Mohun Bagan on Sunday

Margao: Churchill Brothers would look to open their I-league second phase action on a winning note when they take on Mohun Bagan in a high-profile encounter at the Nehru Stadium here on Sunday.

Churchill, who have a match in hand against Pailan Arrows in the first leg and are a point behind leaders Dempo, are keen to begin the second phase on a winning note and extend the lead over Mohun Bagan.

On Sunday, Churchill Brothers are expected to hold the upper hand, given their record at home and recent results.

But manager Danzie Ferrao said his side will have to be at their best.

"This could be our toughest match. We all know Mohun Bagan`s strengths, we need to be at our best," he said.

"Our progress has been pleasing but we need to show consistency. The Mohun Bagan match, in particular, is a must-win for us as we not only need to move ahead but also need to ensure that other competitors for the title don`t get too close to us," he added.

Churchill demolished Sporting Clube de Goa 5-0 in their last I-League match, and although it will be tough to repeat of the same goal-margin, the hosts will look for the three points.

"Three points are crucial here. I don`t think any other result will help our cause," said the Churchill manager.

Mohun Bagan have won only one of their last four matches and need to get back on winning ways. After getting the better of arch-rivals East Bengal in the Kolkata derby, Bagan have slackened, and cannot afford to drop any more points now.

With the absence of Jose Remirez Baretto and SunilChhetri who are injured, Bagan rely heavily on Odafe Okolie upfront. Their defence has fumbled at crucial moments which saw them lose matches and on Sunday they will have to come up with an improved performance.


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