ISL 2021-22: Chennaiyin FC looking for a winning start

The
team
had
finished
a
dismal
eighth
in
the
group
stage
of
ISL
last
season
and
thereby
could
not
enter
the
play-off
stage.

No
wonder
some
big
changes
were
brought
right
at
the
top
with
well-travelled
Montenegrin
Bozidar
Bandovic
roped
in
as
the
new
coach
and
India
international
Anirudh
Thapa
being
handed
over
the
captain’s
armband.

ISL
2021-22:
Thalaivan
Thapa
sets
top-four
target
for
Chennaiyin
FC

And
as
the
Marina
Machans
begin
their
new
campaign
on
November
23
against
Hyderabad
FC
at
the
Bambolin
Athletic
Stadium
in
Goa,
the
yellow
brigade
have
their
priorities
clear.

“Hopefully
it’ll
be
a
good
season
for
us.
Last
season
we
were
unlucky.
It
wasn’t
that
we
played
badly.
We
did
well,
tried
to
create
chances,
but
couldn’t
convert
them.
This
time,
right
from
the
start,
our
priority
should
be
to
create
chances
and
win
match
by
match,”
Chennaiyin
FC
assistant
coach
Sabir
Pasha
told
a
group
of
journalists
in
a
virtual
media
conference.

ISL 2021-22 Chennaiyin FC Team Preview: Squad, Fixtures, Key Players, Strength, Weakness, PredictionsISL
2021-22
Chennaiyin
FC
Team
Preview:
Squad,
Fixtures,
Key
Players,
Strength,
Weakness,
Predictions

Post
last
season’s
performance,
Chenniayin
FC
have
revamped
the
squad
completely
with
most
of
their
foreign
players
being
signed
up
new.

Pasha
said
being
professionals,
it
will
not
take
time
much
time
for
the
new
signings
to
gell
up
with
the
team.

“The
squad
is
in
a
transition
phase.
Most
of
the
new
players,
especially
the
overseas
signings
have
lot
of
experience.
And
being
professionals,
it
won’t
take
much
time
for
them
to
fit
into
our
scheme
of
things.”

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Vladimir
Koman
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title
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Chennaiyin
FC

“We’ve
played
a
few
practice
matches
and
all
of
them
are
slowly
getting
into
the
groove.
These
boys
have
done
well
in
practice
matches.
It’s
just
a
matter
of
fitting
quickly
into
the
assigned
roles
and
it
won’t
take
much
time.
I’m
sure
they’ll
adapt
quickly.
Whoever
understands
the
new
system
quickly
fits
easily
into
the
scheme
of
things,”
Pasha
added.

The
new
ISL
season
will
see
an
increase
in
the
number
of
Indian
players
in
the
playing
XI
with
each
club
now
mandated
to
have
a
minimum
of
seven
Indian
players
on
the
field
at
any
point
in
time
(instead
of
the
earlier
six).

ISL
2021-22
Season
Preview:
New
Rules,
Favourites
and
Teams
to
Watch
Out
for

Rahim
Ali,
who
is
one
of
the
youngsters
in
the
squad,
hopes
the
new
rule
will
give
more
chance
to
young
Indian
players,
though
he
pointed
out
that
there
was
no
substitute
for
hardwork.

“As
player
you’ve
to
work
though.
Just
because
you’ve
an
extra
quota,
can’t
take
things
for
granted.
It
isn’t
easy
to
start
in
the
first
XI.
You’ve
to
work
very
hard.
There’re
no
easy
routes
in
football,
especially
Indian
football.

Rahim,
who
was
part
of
India’s
AFC
Under-23
campaign,
was
quick
to
add
that
ISL
was
one
of
the
best
things
to
have
happened
to
Indian
football
in
recent
times.

“The
experience
that
you
get
my
playing
in
ISL
is
enormous.
Especially
for
the
youngsters,
the
confidence
that
they
gain
by
playing
this
tournament
is
awesome.

If
you
share
the
dressing
room
with
a
World
Cup
winner,
it
changes
the
mentality
of
a
young
player
completely.
It
has
helped
the
growth
of
Indian
players
and
it
has
created
chances
for
youngsters
to
improve,”
Rahim
added.

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