I-League will be difficult than winning Calcutta Football League, says Mohun Bagan coach Shankarlal Chakraborty
Mohun Bagan clinched the local league with a match to spare, ending arch-rivals East Bengal's juggernaut, to lift their 30th title after a gap of eight years.
In their first I-League home match at the Kolkata Maidan, Mohun Bagan were held to a draw by 10-man Indian Arrows.
The Mohun Bagan ground, which has had an average attendance of 20,000 in their Calcutta Football League matches this year, is all set to make its debut in the I-League.
Less-fancied Shillong Lajong held favourites but a depleted Mohun Bagan to a 1-1 draw in an I-League encounter at the Salt lake Stadium on Thursday.
I-League 2017-18: Mohun Bagan ride on Eze Kingsley's solitary goal to beat East Bengal in Kolkata derby
Kingsley scored off a low but powerful header from a Sony Norde corner kick to help Mohun Bagan break an anxious 40 minutes stalemate for the former champions.
The revamped Salt Lake Stadium will host the first derby of the season between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan after a gap of 680 days since the 1-1 draw on 23 January last year.