Tiddim Road Athletic United (TRAU) FC, club Imphal Manipur, who were one of the top-ranking players last season, will face the young Indian Arrows side in the 2021-22 I-League opener Mohun Bagan field season here on Sunday.
Former I-League 2nd division champion TRAU FC finished third in the 2020-21 I-League season and hope to improve on that performance in the new season. Indian Arrows came down to relegation last season and is hoping to do better this time around.
Before the game, both teams were in high spirits on Christmas Day. However, they didn’t give anything until the start of the season at their respective pre-game press conferences.
Speaking ahead of the game, TRAU head coach Nandkumar Singh said: “Compared to last year, most of the players have not been selected but the motivation is very high. looking forward to maintaining the rank we achieved last year. My training methods remain the same and we hope we can achieve similar or better results. “
Asked about Sunday’s opponents, Singh praised the young Arrows team. “Indian Arrows are still a very good team, a very talented team, with some of the best coaches in India. It will be a tough game and we will try to win. Our goal is always to win the first game so that we have a successful one. little momentum and motivation, ”he said.
Indian Arrows coach Shanmugam Venkatesh has set the bar higher this season for the guys on his team. “In our last season the expectations were different. We had a month to prepare and we know how difficult it has been for all the players and our boys. The team is really young and it’s a huge one. challenge. They look sharp and we are. very confident this year and we can see a lot of changes in the squad, “enthused Venkatesh.
Coach Venkatesh is looking forward to the start of the new season and how it will shape them for their future endeavors. “We aim to prepare these boys for the upcoming international games. With every game that passes, the players gain more playing time, which is most important,” said Venkatesh.
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