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Aizawl aim to upset East Bengal’s applecart in quarters

 Bhubaneswar, April 7: Aizawl FC, who stunned Cheniyin FC in the first Round of 16 encounter, will look to continue their great run and cause another upset when they take on East Bengal in the first quarter-fil of the Super Cup here on Saturday. Aizawl coach Santosh Kashyap feels they’ll start as ‘underdogs’ again at the Kalinga Stadium.

"I believe top teams are under pressure now. They have to win the championship and they have their own plans to implement. Cheniyin were the favourites against us. East Bengal will also start as the favourites and we’re happy to be the underdogs and stage upsets," Kashyap said in the pre-match press conference. "They have to perform better and beat us. East Bengal could not win any silverware this season and expectations are huge from them."
Although they had garnered a win against Indian Super League (ISL) champions Cheniyin FC after a nerve-racking game, they had to swallow a defeat to JSW Bengaluru FC in the AFC Cup two days back.
The coach denied that the schedule might take a toll on the players. "It’s a good opportunity for us. Yes, the schedule is tight but it happens in football. We’re here to give our best and win, that’s it," he said.
"I have a fantastic set of players who can make the difference on the pitch. Dodoz, Mapuia, Kima have the pace and the capability to score against any opponent. Masih, Andrei, Alfred all are in perfect shape and we believe in our abilities", Kashyap further added. IANS

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