I-League 2017/18: Sanjoy Sen battle to win back fans as Bagan host Chennai

KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan’s next I-League match against Chennai City FC tomorrow could determine the future of under-fire Head Coach Sanjoy Sen, who had to endure barrage of abuse from unhappy fans after their 1-1 draw against Indian Arrows.

Mohun Bagan since winning 5-0 against Churchill Brothers early in December, suddenly unable to string wins together and falling off the championship pace. The Mariners have won just two of their previous 6 matches in I-League, including three consecutive draws.

The sequence of poor results has seen the pressure increase on coach Sen, with some speculating he may be asked to seek employment elsewhere if the team fail to beat the Southern outfit.

Nonetheless, the increasingly pressured coach was adamant that despite the club’s poor run of form‚ the Mariners, who are fourth in the standings, can turn things around.

But he will find it very difficult to convince the club’s many supporters who are becoming increasingly disillusioned with his regime‚ especially after Mohun Bagan’s draw against a 10-man Indian Arrows at home last weekend, which saw the team were booed off the field.

Although Mohun Bagan are only four points behind league leaders East Bengal, it has been a testing period for the Kolkata giants.

Three goals conceded in 6 games to date suggests there is not much wrong with the defense, but they need to find a way to stop missing sitters at the other end, which has been their Achilles heel.

However, coach Sen continues to maintain a positive outlook in the face of his many challenges and feels it’s his responsibility to keep the spirits up as Mohun Bagan look to bounce back to winning ways, starting with Tuesday evening’s clash against Chennai City FC at home.

Mohun Bagan can expect a difficult day in the office against a improving Chennai City FC side, as coach V. Soundrarajan has transformed them into a very difficult side to beat, despite having very little to work with.

Though Chennai City lost their most recent I-League fixture against East Bengal but with players like Jean Michael Joachim, Dharmaraj Ravanan and Soosai Raj in their ranks, they are always going to be a tricky customer to deal with.

Playing at a smaller Mohun Bagan Ground would also suit their playing style as Chennai City FC like to pack the centre of the midfield.

Meanwhile, Coach Soundrarajan knows the hostile crowd will make life difficult for his side, but if the visitors can apply themselves then Mohun Bagan would find themselves in a spot of bother and Sony Norde is not there to save the day for them.

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