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Football ISL: Desperate Chennaiyin take on winless Odisha

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Bambolim, Goa: Chennaiyin – just one win in their last eight games will take on  Odisha  which has yet to taste a win  in the Hero Indian Super league at the GMC stadium here on Sunday

With captain Rafael Crivellaro ruled out for the season, Chennaiyin  coach Csaba Laszlo  knows that the order to recover from what was perhaps their worst display of the season, against Hyderabad remains quite tall. 
Many of the strengths that they displayed in early season looked to have vanished. Chennaiyin let in four goals against Hyderabad, the same number they conceded in their first four matches. Add that to their misfiring attack — they have just scored eight goals, the lowest in the league — and they  find themselves in a real conundrum.

“I think the last game’s performance was bad,” said Laszlo. “I don’t want to run away from this because altogether we made a lot of mistakes. I think after this game, everybody in my team has to go and think about it. From the first minute to the last, we were not really in the picture. We have to change, we have to analyze the mistakes and we have to go back to where we were before.”

Chennaiyin’s foreign players have been underwhelming so far — they have just three goals between them, the lowest by any foreign contingent. Laszlo will hope for more from them against Odisha.  

Stuart Baxter’s coached  Odisha  meanwhile, will be hoping to pick up from the thumping win they scored over Kerala. They may still be rooted to the bottom of the table, but a win over Chennaiyin will take them to within two points of their opponents on Sunday. 

They also seem to have found an unlikely creative force in Jerry Mawihmingthanga, who now leads the Hero ISL charts for assists along with Hugo Boumous.

“It’s important to the degree that we needed to get those three points to give the players the belief and the confidence to continue the roll around,” said Baxter. “The players did a fantastic job in retaining their confidence and their belief despite the results being against us sometimes quite unluckily. But, we do need that to gain a little bit of momentum and now hopefully, we can kick on.”  

Football ISL: East Bengal coach Fowler confident of first win while Chennaiyin eye top half comforts

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East Bengal are still on the lookout for their first win of the Hero Indian Super League season as they face Chennaiyin  the Tilak Maidan here on Saturday 26 December. 

After six games, the red and golds have zero wins, have scored the least (3) and conceded the joint-most (11). Both their goals were scored by Jacques Maghoma against Hyderabad . 

However, there is a story that the numbers don’t tell. Their last couple of games have seen them put in improved performances. They were unlucky not to get a point against Hyderabad and all three after dominating Kerala Blasters in their last game. 

Against Kerala, they split points due to a late equalizer and Fowlers insisted that his players had put that disappointment past them. “The morale that we got here has been good,” he said. “At times, we’ve been unlucky. It’s totally unfortunate that you’re conceding goals at the last minute. But the lads played really well and we created a lot of chances. We could have won the game quite convincingly. But football is like that.”

Fowler said that his players weren’t short on motivation and hoped that all that improvement would lead to results. “It shouldn’t be difficult to motivate any player. This is a job that we all love to do. We play the game because we love it. So the motivation is there. We are not a million miles away. The tide is turning. And hopefully, it will happen pretty soon. Everyone here is 120 percent behind me in what we are trying to do and what we are trying to achieve”. 

Chennaiyin too are in a sticky situation and share a lot of the same problems that plague EB. They have scored just five goals in the league so far, with only their opponents on Saturday scoring less. Only two of those goals have come from open play. 

However, they are coming off a morale-boosting victory over  Goa and their coach Csaba Laszlo knows that their next few games will decide which way the momentum shifts. “Even if you’re favorite, there is a lot of pressure,” he said. “If you win two games, you go near the top of the table and if you lose two games, you move towards the bottom. It will be a tough game for us. They are a new team but they have adapted well. We have to concentrate very well and remain focussed.”

Football ISL: Keen contest on cards as Goa takes on Chennaiyin

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Fatorda Goa:  After two wins, two defeats and two draws in their six fixtures,  Goa will seek to achieve consistency when they host their bitter rivals Chennaiyin in the Hero Indian Super League  at the Fatorda Stadium, on Saturday.

Igor Angulo has been lethal upfront for the home side as the Gaurs scored seven times in their last seven games, of which six came from the Spaniard. But the defense has left a lot to be desired, especially in set-piece situations.

Goa have conceded six times in as many games of which five came from set-pieces. However, they have faced just 15 shots on target, the joint-second-lowest in the league.

“Our target is to win. But sometimes you draw and lose, maybe because of a penalty,” said Juan Ferrando. His team conceded late penalties twice and the Spaniard expressed his dissatisfaction with their tendency to give away soft goals. “We also have to think about the spaces when we lose the ball and go on to concede the penalty. We are not happy conceding late penalties. It is necessary to think about what happened before the penalty,” .

Ferrando stressed the team would have to give 100 percent on the pitch to get their desired results. “If we are working hard, we will have success at the end of the season. It is always about working hard on the pitch,” he said.

Chennaiyin  aren’t faring any better than their opponents. The two-time champions are finding it difficult to score, with only three goals to their name so far. They are in eighth position with five points from five games.

“We want to use our strengths. We need to score goals. We should not be aggressive but focused when we get chances to score. We also have to be organised and stop Goa and we can lead the team to a win,” said Chennaiyin coach Csaba Laszlo.

Goa lost their previous match against  Mohun Bagan but Laszlo knows it wouldn’t be an easy clash against the two-time runners-up.

“We also have to concentrate on ourselves. Goa play good football, we also play football. It should be an interesting game for both sides,” he opined.

There has never been a goalless draw when Chennaiyin and Goa have clashed and the fixture currently holds the record for the most number of goals scored (66). If that trend continues, fans are in for a treat on Saturday.


Football ISL: NorthEast remain unbeaten after tame draw against Chennaiyin

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Goa: NorthEast United  not  only managed to grab a point but extended their unbeaten run as they drew 0-0 with Chennaiyin in the Hero Indian Super League  at Tilak Maidan Stadium, here on Sunday.

The Highlanders, with 10 points alongside  Mohun Bagan, are placed second in the Hero ISL table while Chennaiyin have now failed to pick up a win in their last four matches.

NorthEast United made three changes to the side as Idrissa Sylla started upfront ahead of Kwesi Appiah. Meanwhile, Chennaiyin made two changes to their line-up with Anirudh Thapa among the substitutes.

The first-half was a goalless affair. Chennaiyin shaded possession but both sides lacked the cutting edge in the final third. NorthEast keeper Gurmeet Singh was called into action early on as Chennaiyin created a chance as early as the first minute. Lallianzuala Chhangte received a long ball from Jakub Sylvestr in the box but his shot was carried away by Gurmeet. Five minutes later, Edwin Vanspaul had another opportunity to put Chennaiyin ahead. The midfielder pounced on a loose ball following a clearance, only to see his effort narrowly miss the far post.

NorthEast too had their chances and in the 18th minute, nearly came close to breaking the deadlock. Benjamin Lambot, unmarked in the box, won a free header from a corner but failed to place his effort on target. 

Another big opportunity went begging for the Highlanders in the 38th minute, again coming through a set-piece. Luis Machado whipped a teasing cross into the box from a corner for Dylan Fox, who only managed to fire his effort over the crossbar.  

Both teams began the second half with intent. The Highlanders created a clear-cut chance in the 55th minute only to be denied by Chennaiyin keeper Vishal Kaith. VP Suhair received the ball on the left flank and fired a cross into the box for Sylla, whose powerful shot was tipped over the crossbar. Chhangte had another opportunity to score the opener before the hour mark. 

After receiving the ball on the rebound after a save from Gurmeet, the winger placed his effort over the bar from close range.

However, the best chance of the game arrived during the 66th minute and NorthEast should have taken the lead. Substitute Rochharzela split the Chennaiyin defense with a lovely through ball for Sylla. The striker, with only Kaith to beat, poked his shot inches wide of the post.

Gerard Nus’ side continued to threaten Csaba Laszlo’s men towards the dying minutes of the game but failed to find a winner.