ISL 2018: Delhi Dynamos play for delight, Chennaiyin FC look to consolidate
Bottom-placed Delhi Dynamos FC tackle Chennaiyin FC with nothing however delight to play for even because the guests search to consolidate their place within the prime half of the Indian Super League (ISL) standings in New Delhi on Saturday.
The match could not change the fortunes of the house facet within the Hero ISL, but it surely may actually have an effect on the guests’ probabilities within the prime 4.
Chennaiyin are at the moment in third place with 23 factors however have a recreation in hand than the teams above and under them. A victory may take them to second spot, and an unlikely loss will nonetheless hold them the place they’re.
In a exceptional coincidence, Chennaiyin have received each alternate recreation within the final 10 matches. Since they’ve misplaced the final recreation towards Bengaluru FC, the sample would recommend that they are going to beat Delhi Dynamos — a staff which has received simply two video games in your complete season.
“The motive may be very easy, when the ball is on the bottom we play properly. We play delinquently, with pace, with management and with good combos.
“But once we are attacked and when we’ve got the ball within the air, it’s a drawback,” Delhi’s head coach Miguel Angel Portugal stated, attempting to clarify his facet’s place within the league desk.
He additionally spoke concerning the staff’s lack of ability to excel beneath strain when aerial assaults are coming at them, and Chennaiyin will definitely need to exploit that weak point once they journey up north.
Chennaiyin head coach John Gregory is with a cushion of a recreation in hand, which they will benefit from. But, that additionally means they may rotate the squad and give some key players a relaxation.
“I all the time imagine in enjoying my greatest staff, so it wouldn’t make a distinction tomorrow. Everyone’s match, we’re all wholesome, and the one participant we’re lacking is the skipper, who’s out with suspension.
“We misplaced the earlier match — enjoying with 10 males for most half — 10 males who gave every thing, however at the moment are wanting to bounce again and are raring to go for the sport tomorrow,” he stated, exuding the arrogance of a person who is just not too removed from sealing a prime 4 spot.
Gregory received’t take it simple although, saying that it could be silly to write it off as a recreation which is already received.
“You would often say that they’ve nothing to play for however delight and professionalism — however they’ve performed properly and did properly in Chennai.
“The staff is plagued by good players however sadly it hasn’t gone their means. Nevertheless they’ve obtained some gifted players and we count on them to attempt and win the match,” he stated.
Chennaiyin are one of many few teams to have given away factors to Delhi Dynamos throughout a 2-2 draw, and the house facet will need a greater end result this time round.