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Goa, Chennaiyin eye redemption in Super Cup final

FC Goa

Bhubaneswar, April 12: Both FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC will go into the Super Cup 2019 final at the Kalinga Stadium eyeing redemption, although for different reasons.

Goa had to endure the heartbreak of losing out on the Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 title on the last day of the campaign, going down to Bengaluru FC courtesy of an extra time goal.

Winning the Super Cup will help Sergio Lobera's side soften the blow and claim silverware for the first time in the club's history.

For Chennaiyin, the ISL 2017-18 champions, the 2018-19 campaign turned out to be a disastrous one. John Gregory's men saw their title defence fall face-first as they ended the season at the bottom of the table. Winning the knockout tournament will be a big opportunity for Chennaiyin to give the disappointed fans something to cheer about after what has been a nightmarish season.

The two teams have plenty of history between them, most notably, facing off in the ISL 2015 final - a dramatic and feisty match which Chennaiyin eventually won 3-2 courtesy of two very late goals.

Corominas in form

Corominas in form

Despite having to face I League 2018-19 champions Chennai City FC in the semifinal without the likes of Edu Bedia, who was suspended for the tie, the Gaurs faced little trouble dispatching of a strong Chennai City side which, throughout the season, established itself as arguably the most exciting team in the country.

With Edu back for the final, Goa will be even stronger heading into the decider on Saturday. The Goa outfit has been in fine form offensively, with the likes of Ferran Corominas, Brandon Fernandes and Bedia all amongst the goals.

Lobera upbeat

Lobera upbeat

At the pre-match press conference, Goa coach Lobera sounded upbeat.

"We're approaching this final in the same way we approached the last one - with a lot of excitement. We're working on the same path as we did in the last games. We've to be able to handle the emotions. We are doing nothing special. We just want to approach it with the right attitude."

Thapa, the key

Thapa, the key

Despite struggling terribly during the campaign, Gregory's side has looked like a side transformed post the ISL.

Anirudh Thapa, has established himself as the team's talisman. The youngster's technical abilities have shone through in the last few matches and the 21-year-old has been central to everything good Chennaiyin have managed going forward.

Gregory wants to win it

Gregory wants to win it

No wonder Gregory is expecting a good show from his wards.

"We're pleased to be in the final. We've worked incredibly hard to reach here. We've beaten two teams that made the semifinals of this season's ISL, but this will be a big test for us. Now that we're in the final, there is only one thought - to win it," he said.

(Source: Super Cup Media)

Super Cup final kick off

Saturday, April 13

8.30pm at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar

Live on Star Sports 3

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Story first published: Friday, April 12, 2019, 16:27 [IST]
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