Chennaiyin dismisses The Highlanders at home in a one sided encounter: 4 Talking Points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Chennaiyin FC  |  1 Year Ago

Chennaiyin FC bounced back from their defeat against Goa in emphatic fashion as they got the better of Highlanders for the first time in the Marina Arena. First half goals from Augusto and an own goal put them 2-0 up before half time and Rafi scored a late goal  to add gloss to the scoreline. Here are the top 5 talking points from the match.



Northeast United Sleep walk the first half.

If you are a Northeast United fan, you can be forgiven for thinking your team was sleep walking for the first 45 minutes. The team was shambolic and their defence was caught napping more than once. Fortes was frustrated up top with Hakku having the nightmare of his life. Chennaiyin FC capitalized on the horrendous start from the visitors as the went up by 2 goals within the first 25 minutes. Northeast must start the upcoming games better if they have any hopes of securing top 4 spot for the first time I'm their ISL history. 


Gregory gets it right this time

Chennaiyin's first half performance against Goa was disastrous and Gregory was quick to accept that he got his tactical system wrong. A tweak in tactics at halftime got them back in the game but was not enough to salvage a draw. But against the Highlanders the former Aston Villa coach got it absolutely spot on as his team looked thoroughly dominant on both ends of the pitches. It is exciting to see Gregory so passionate on the sidelines as coaches of high caliber working in ISL is a boon for Indian football. 


Marcinho treated with some hot South Indian curry

The Highlanders playmaker was furious with the officials time in and again as he was never really allowed to get into the game. Gregory called Ganesh and Bikramjit, "thugs in the centre of the park" in his post match interview and the Indian lads lived up to the billing. They constantly got on Marcinho's nerves with flying tackles and challenges that roughed up the number 10. Ganesh, the local lad should be absolutely proud of his performance and has done enough to warrant a place in the starting eleven for the matches to come. 



Chennaiyin FC have a strong home support

Despite some altercations with the security officials last time around, the Marina Arena saw a very good turn out and the fans were treated with spectacular performance on the field. The Supermachans were their usual self and were loud throughout the game. Raphael Augusto received an outstanding applause when he was substituted. Their title winning campaign was built on strong home support and home form, this season could be more of the same.




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