Will Zico be at the helm of FC Goa in ISL 2017?IANS

Two major teams of the Indian Super League get to a showdown on Thursday in their return leg fixture of ISL 2016. Ironically, the football sides, who clashed in the final of the Indian football tournament last year, have already been eliminated in the league phase itself this season.

"Football, bloody hell...." commented legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, once. 

Nevertheless, with nothing more to lose, FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC are expected to give their everything in the match to try and exit the ISL 2016 on a positive note. At the moment, Chennaiyin occupy the seventh spot, while FC Goa are at the bottom. Even if Zico's team win the match at the JLN Stadium, Fatorda, on Thursday, they finish their season as the eight-placed side.

"Motivation for us is the respect for our fans, who will be coming here to watch the match and it is to honour our jersey as we are playing for FC Goa and we are professionals and it does not matter what position we are in," Zico said ahead of the match. "Whenever we go out on the pitch we go out to win.

"The players are very conscious about it and there is no doubt that they will fight for the victory," the Brazil football legend, who has been the manager of FC Goa for three seasons on the trot, added.

There is no confirmation whether Zico or Marco Materazzi will be furthering their stay with their respective teams after the end of ISL 2016. But as of now, it is all about saying goodbye to this season on a high note.

"Yes, I'm happy because I have good memories of this place [Fatorda, where Chennaiyin FC won the title last year]," Materazzi said. "But every game is different and we will try to keep the good memory of this place and try to win the game."

Head to head record

Goa 2-4 Chennai


FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm IST (2.30 pm BST) on December 1.

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