Vastavam web: Out of the title race and with as many as 10 frontline players ruled out due to injuries, Aizawl FC coach Santosh Kashyap said the reigning champions have nothing to lose in their I-League encounter against Minerva Punjab here tomorrow.Contenders Minerva Punjab, who sit on the third spot in the league table with 29 points from 15 matches, have a chance of rewriting a fairytale script the same way it was written by Aizawl FC last year when they completed a memorable title triumph.On being asked to sum up Aizawl FC s season so far, Kashyap stated: I think most of the players left the club. New coach, new squad. He (Menezes) tried his best from his side but again expectations were high as defending champions.
The 51-year-old Kashyap coached some of the big clubs in the past like Air India, Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar, Rangdajied United and Royal Wahingdoh.His last assignment, before coming to Aizawl, was with Mumbai FC in the 2016-17 season of the I-League.When I took over the team, there were many injuries and lot of mistakes in defending, attacking and transition. So I had to make quick changes. I had to mould four sessions into one session, Kashyap added.Minerva Punjab FC s chief coach Khogen Singh said that his team is focussed on the match and eyeing the title.
Tomorrow it will be a very good game as well as a tough one. Their morale is high because they have won the last match against Indian Arrows and we lost the away match against them by 2-1.