Coimbatore, Nov 30 : Defending Champions Chennai City FC will begin their I-League campaign as they take on debutants TRAU FC of Manipur, here on Sunday.
Chennai City has lost some of their key players, owing to transfers in the form of Nestor Benitez, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul and Tarif Akhand who formed the core of the attack and defence last season. It will be an uphill task for the Coimbatore based team as they look to put a new combination on place. The team though will be looking forward to the experience of Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa who has joined the team this year after spending the last season with NEROCA FC.
At the same time, there will be high dependence on the Spanish quartet which includes star striker and golden boot winner Pedro Manzi, defender Roberto Eslava and midfielder -Adolfo Miranda aka ‘FITO’ and Sandro to repeat the fortunes for the team. "We are looking forward to the league, working hard for a pre-season of almost four months. We know we are a new team with young and many players without experience in I-league," said captain Manzi, who looked all geared up for the first match.
"I believe this season is going to be even more difficult than the previous one. The teams have been reinforced and are stronger but we will work together to defend the title, " he added. (UNI)