“Onerous work and endurance key to victory towards cussed ATK,” says John Gregory

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01 Dec 2018, 17:29 IST

The defending champions are still looking for their first home win of the season having played four times with three losses and one draw (Image Courtesy: ISL)
The defending champions are nonetheless in search of their first house win of the season having performed 4 occasions with three losses and one draw (Picture Courtesy: ISL)

It’s a fast turnaround for Chennaiyin FC within the Indian Tremendous League as they get able to host ATK on Sunday on the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.

The defending champions are nonetheless in search of their first house win of the season having performed 4 occasions with three losses and one draw.

Their most up-to-date recreation led to a 0-Zero stalemate towards Kerala Blasters FC this previous Thursday regardless of Chennaiyin FC having been a lot the dominant aspect and having a variety of good goal-scoring possibilities within the encounter.

Scoring targets have been an issue for the champs and John Gregory admitted that breaking down a stable ATK unit wasn’t going to be straightforward.

“A lot of onerous work, plenty of endurance, extra confidence”, replied Gregory when requested what it will take to get three factors towards Steve Coppell’s ATK aspect who’ve conceded solely eight targets in all thus far and are available into this recreation on the again of three straight clear sheets.”

However Gregory felt the gamers’ confidence is best after the sport towards the Blasters: “I might see within the gamers’ physique language that they took quite a lot of confidence from the Kerala recreation. They know they need to have gained that recreation so that they’re clearly pissed off with the consequence.”

“However they carried out properly and when the sport was completed they’d given the whole lot they’d. That’s the one factor I ask of my boys – that they provide it their all and never go away something behind”, added Gregory.

Chennaiyin’s coach is aware of how powerful it’s to attain towards a Coppell group and mentioned that ATK had gotten stronger now with the return of central defender Andre Bikey: “Since Bikey’s come again they’ve been even higher. I imagine they’ve bought three clear sheets in a row now. He’s simply given them an added energy.”

Whereas ATK’s defensive solidity will show to be a tricky nut to crack, Gregory additionally careworn the significance of not forgetting about their assault, particularly on set-pieces.

“They rely loads on set-pieces. So it’s as much as us to not likely give them low-cost free-kicks and pointless fouls in our half. This season with Lanza (Manuel Lanzarote) they like to take advantage of his supply on set-pieces”, he added.

Chennaiyin FC is in a determined place within the desk with simply 5 factors to point out from their 9 video games and he’s conscious that his aspect are able to getting picked off on the counter as they go in the hunt for targets. He felt Coppell’s groups have all the time had that capability hit on the break at tempo and one thing his group should guard towards.

“Within the second half towards Kerala we misplaced our endurance a little bit bit and gave the ball away much more which gave them a chance. Most of it was all the way down to us not having scored regardless of having performed so properly. A number of the youthful gamers particularly erred in possession. That’s one thing we’ll need to watch out about and never do towards ATK”, Gregory exclaimed.

Defensively Chennaiyin have been everywhere this season as in comparison with their title-winning marketing campaign final time round. Their clear sheet towards Kerala was simply their second of the season.

“Clear sheets are a very good behavior”, mentioned Gregory referencing that recreation. “I believed Mailson and Eli Sabia have been terrific the opposite day. They only have to hold doing that each single night time and never fear about what’s happening on the different finish of the pitch.”

The 2 centre-backs are additionally a risk on set-pieces, an space the coach felt his group had not fairly made the most effective of. “We’ve had alternatives from set-pieces the place maybe we might have completed loads higher, particularly so far as the place the ball is delivered.

Chennaiyin FC made a change within the goalkeeping place final recreation with Karanjit Singh sitting out and Sanjiban Ghosh taking his place.

Gregory, nonetheless, mentioned it needed to do with the veteran keeper struggling a groin pressure and that it will be a game-day resolution on who takes up the keeper’s jersey.

The Englishman additionally believes that his group can nonetheless make it to the playoffs, citing the instance of Kerala final yr:

“We want a giant December. We want 9 factors from the following three video games to be again in with a shout. When David (James) went to Kerala final yr they’d nearly no likelihood, however they put collectively a few wins and got here inside a sniff of a playoff spot. That may occur.”

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