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Confident Real Kashmir face Churchill Brothers in first home game

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

India's top competition will make its debut in the Valley Tuesday when a confident Real Kashmir, who made this possible, host Churchill Brothers in their maiden home game of the

got their campaign off to a dream start, stunning defending champions in their first-ever game in the country's top-flight.

The match will be played at the TRC turf ground.

In their opener, were helped by a strike from Ivorian striker

Churchill Brothers have done well to remain unbeaten in their two games, played at two different corners of the country.

They drew goalless against and then had a fighting 2-2 draw against table toppers Chennai City, which should give them confidence going into the game.

David Robertson, Real Kashmir's Scottish knows that his side will have to improve a lot from their display against

In the pre-match press conference, he said, "It's going to be another day in history as we are playing our first home match. My team is excited as well as focused."

Commenting on the conditions a couple of days after the valley witnessed the season's first snowfall, Robertson said, "It will be difficult for both the teams because of the weather conditions. Like Churchill, we also have players from all over the country."

The hosts looked solid in defence with their Nigerian Loveday Enyinnaya, coach's son Mason Robertson, Zambian and bringing in a lot of composure and experience.

Krizo is also a constant threat inside the opponents' penalty box with his height but will need good support at some stage.

Robertson has not fielded the likes of and Ritwik Kumar Das upfront. The duo scored eight goals between them in their successful second division campaign last year and might look to get them in at some stage to support Krizo.

Churchill's Romanian sounded pragmatic.

"It's a difficult game for sure. My team is tired but we will try to play good tomorrow. It will be my first game in Kashmir and we want to play better for our spectators and Indian "

He added, "It's not a surprise for me because I have coached in such weather conditions before in It's going to be fun for the team. Let's hope for the best for us and our opponents."

Churchill seem to be settling down as a squad under the new as they played better in their second game than they did in their first.

Gambian Dawda Cessay is the bulwark of the side in central midfield and showed glimpses of what he can do against Chennai in the last game. who came on as a substitute also gave a lot of attacking impetus to the Goan side.

Libyan and Serbian have also been putting in good solid shifts at the heart of the Churchill defence and so has keeper

However, former East Bengal striker from & Tobago will have to get on the scoresheet sooner rather than later.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 18:00 IST