The players return after a gruelling schedule of the Indian Super League (ISL). Whether they are fit enough to give their best, remains to be seen. The players have only got three weeks of rest.
A cakewalk, compared to English Premier League and La Liga. The European leagues only give players a month's break following the end of a season.
Nevertheless, as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) considers merging the ISL with the I-League, focus has now shifted to the I-League.
Ten teams are participating in the tenth season of the I-League -- which could possibly be the final one, if reports are to be believed.
Chennai City FC
Round 1 fixtures
|Date||Home team||Away team||Time||Venue||TV guide|
|January 7||Bengaluru FC||v||Shillong Lajong FC||7 pm IST||Sree Kanteerava stadium||Ten 2|
|January 7||East Bengal||v||Aizawl FC||4:30 pm IST||Barasat Stadium||Ten 2|
|January 8||Chennai City FC||v||Minerva FC||4:30 pm IST||JLN stadium, Chennai||Ten 2|
|January 8||Mohun Bagan||v||Churchill Brothers||7 pm IST||Barasat Stadium||Ten 2|
|January 8||Mumbai FC||v||DSK Shivajians||7 pm IST||Cooperage Stadium||None|