CHENNAI: Former champions Atletico de Kolkata are all set to face Chennaiyin FC in Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament that will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium today.
In a league game, Kolkata have never lost the match against Chennaiyin FC. But, the FC team defeated Kolkata only in the last semi-finals.
Kolkata's mentor Jose Molina is additionally certain that his side will fit the bill for the knockout phase of the money rich group however is very much aware that "anything could happen".
"It's not about Chennaiyin FC or us (battling for the fourth spot). All groups are close. From yesterday's outcome amongst Delhi and Pune (which Pune won 4-3), it's all the more closer," Molina said at the pre-coordinate media instructions.
"Four matches are still left to be played and I think anything can happen. No group can state they will be in semi-finals. We are certain yet we need to battle."
Inquired as to whether his group's past records against Chennaiyin FC give him certainty that he can explore a positive result against the hosts, the Spanish mentor rather indicated the present.
"I am completely sure. Every one of us are totally sure about the potential outcomes of our odds. I am totally certain about my group, my players, the way we are playing," he said.
Shielding champions Chennaiyin FC safeguarded their battle with a win against FC Pune City in the past amusement and will now feel sure they can get a place among the main four.
The Marco Materazzi-instructed side had gone five matches without a win, their most exceedingly bad keep running in the ISL, yet the Pune win has helped certainty.
"It has been vital," Materazzi said in his pre-coordinate cooperation.
Chennaiyin FC are unbeaten in their last four home matches. Subsequent to surrendering three objectives in their first home match against Delhi Dynamos, Chennaiyin have yielded just a single objective in their last four matches and collected eight out of their 13 focuses at home. Just Delhi Dynamos (10) and Kerala Blasters (10) have won more focuses at home this season.
Strikingly, Chennaiyin FC have kept three clean sheets at home, the most by any home group and their barrier has been shake enduring, surrendering only four objectives in five matches.
The barrier, however, will be under weight against Out of this world up against Canadian striker Iain Hume, the main objective scorer in the ISL. Hume began the crusade gradually scoring both his first objectives from punishments in the main stage.
In any case, much the same as the past release, he discovered shape in the second 50% of the battle and scored in each of his last three matches.