Chennai dismantles the fortress, beat Bengaluru FC 2-1

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

A new rivalry was born today as the powerhouses from South India clashed in a show of strength with Marina Machans winning the bragging rights. Dhanpal Ganesh and Jeje were on target for the visitors while Chhetri scored for the hosts. In a pulsating clash it was the former champions who held their nerves to seal an impressive victory that takes them to top of the table. 

Gregory has a system that works

While most coaches switch and swap in the first phase of ISL, Gregory has nailed it very early in the tournament. Gregory switched to a back four in the second half of first match and ever since played same system. A solid back four, the thugs Bikramjit and Ganesh shielding them, Jude and Francis working their socks off in the wings and finally the magician Raphael sitting behind Jeje. The team has looked solid while defending and threatening while going forward. He has able deputy in every position for the starting eleven and is making substitutions that work all the time. John Gregory is flying high and only time will tell if his fellow ISL coaches can find a way around his system. 

Roca rotated a little more than he should have 

In the hindsight it is always easy to say that the coach should stick with his best eleven more often than not but it was always a risk rotating your squad against a very strong Chennaiyin team. Udanta looked very lively after coming on at the stroke of halftime and he could have definitely had the Chennai defenders on the back foot had he started the game. Roca was defensive of his rotation in his post match press conference and one can understand his decisions since Bengaluru are coming on the back of an absorbing tie. 

Sereno and Mailson look solid at the moment

Sereno is arguably the signing of the season so far. The Chennaiyin captain was his usual self marshalling his troops with confidence and proving a constant threat in the opposition box in set piece situation. However it was his fellow defender Mailson who stole the limelight on the night. The pair looked impregnable and only a mistake at right back allowed Chhetri to pull one back. Miku was quiet for the entire 90 minutes and the hosts did not have a single shot on target in the first 45 minutes. Mailson was part of the Chennaiyin squad that won the title in the second season and if he continues his form, the side from South India won't be far away from the covered price. 

Bengaluru beaten at their own game.

Bengaluru press high and look to score in the first few minutes against teams in their fortress. They were successful implementing the  ploy against Delhi but were shocked by a brave Chennaiyin FC who took the game to the hosts. Waves of pressure right from minute one and strong physical presence ensured that the visitors took the early lead. There has been so much said about the Bengaluru FC's impressive set play this season but the hosts were undone by a brilliant set piece by Chennaiyin which saw Ganesh scoring the vital winner

The birth of a rivalry that is here to stay

Roca accused Mailson of not showing respect after the full time in reference to his celebrations. There was a scuffle at the end of the game in the centre of the pitch and also Karanjit was booked for an earlier scuffle. Tackles flew in and Edu was lucky not to be booked for an off the ball kick at Jerry. While things were getting a bit heated on the field, it wasn't any less off the field either. The chants of "f**k off Chennai" by the BFC fans and the retaliation of Chennaiyin fans taunting the hosts with the scoreline were passionate (read spicy) to watch for the neutrals. The Chennaiyin FC fans chanted "is this a library" at the bfc fans and they can expect no less when the Bengaluru blues come visiting to the Marina Arena. 


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