Talking Points: Aussies Kept Kerala Blasters At Bay In A 6-0 Heckler

Nitish Bhan  |  Int'l Champions Cup  |  9 Months Ago

It was a special day for India, as the La Liga World Tournament kicked off with the opening game between Kerala Blasters and Melbourne City at the JLN Stadium in Kochi. Though the visitors were expected to be the favourites in the match, the fans would have hoped that they would have something to cheer about. However, that was not the case as the game was totally a one-sided encounter and it ended in a 6-0 win to the visiting side, with the Indian Super League side failing to even open the scoring.


It was a game that saw the Australian side performing above par, as they completely destroyed the Indian opposition on the night. The A-League side took the lead at the half-an-hour mark when Dario Vidosic headed in the opening goal of the game. They doubled their lead in the 33rd minute, when Riley McGree added a second. There were no more goals in the first half.


Five minutes after the restart Lachlan Wales added a third and in the 56th minute of the game, McGree made it 4-0. Ramy Najjarine added a fifth, while Bruno Fornaroli made it 6-0 in the 79th minute to make it half a dozen for the Aussies. There were a few good chances for the Indian side to score as well and they wasted them, though this will be a game that Sachin Tendulkar’s side will surely want to forget.


Here are the talking points of the match:



Lacklustre Kerala Attack


The attack of the hosts was really poor and there just weren’t enough chances created and converted by them. There were a few good chances to score for the home side, though they were kept rather quiet by the opposition defence. The passing was not up to the mark and the players lack inspiration. Had they converted some of the half-chances that they got, things could have been so different for their team in the game. 



Poor Defensive Showing By The Hosts


Is there any doubt that the defence of the Kerala Blasters was a total mess. They were quite inconsistent and though at times they did enough to keep the opposition out, there were moments that they were plain and simple poor. The home team did not show any defensive leader and the Melbourne City youngsters were just too good for them. There was a huge difference in the quality levels between the two side and the score-line was a proof of that. A lot to think about for David James and his team now, ahead of the upcoming games of the competition.



The A-League Side’s Youngsters Just Too Good?


A really young side put in a solid performance on the night and the home side had no answer to their quality player. It was not expected to be so easy for them, though the Kerala players would have been disappointed with the way that they played. There is a need for change, especially in the tactics and planning department, if they wish to improve and make an impact in their upcoming games.

Did we see a difference of level between Kerala and Melbourne?


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