ISL: Will Materazzi hit back at Zambrotta after opening loss?

Chennaiyin FC lost 1-3 against a rampaging Delhi Dynamos and Materazzi has always admonished his team for the poor performance against Delhi Dynamos, coached by Gianluca Zambrotta, his former Italian teammate.

Materazzi will settle for nothing less than a victory after a disappointing run of three draws in the last three matches.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi will set-up his team differently against Delhi Dynamos as he seeks to overcome the embarrassing loss in its home match in Hero Indian Super League. Chennaiyin FC lost 1-3 against a rampaging Delhi Dynamos and Materazzi has always admonished his team for the poor performance against Delhi Dynamos, coached by Gianluca Zambrotta, his former Italian teammate.

The teams now meet again at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, on Wednesday and it is clear Materazzi will settle for nothing less than a victory after a disappointing run of three draws in the last three matches.

“Delhi Dynamos are a confident team. They did well against us in our home match but every day is different. Marco has some strategy to play against Delhi tomorrow. There is a chance, we will have a different team, and strategy may be different (as well). It will be a tough match playing away,” said assistant coach Sabir Pasha, in the absence of Materazzi at the pre-match media briefing.

Chennaiyin FC has 10 points in seven matches, which is identical to its ISL 2015 performance where it ended up as the title winners. This time around Chennaiyin has plugged the goals after conceding five goals in its first two matches and look strong enough for the second half of the campaign.

Against Delhi Dynamos, Materazzi would have counted on the experience of marquee player John Arne Riise and midfielder Hans Mulder, both of whom played for Delhi Dynamos in the past. The experienced duo however are reported to be injured and look doubtful for the crucial encounter.

Form and momentum is in favour of Delhi Dynamos. It is yet to lose a home game and will move to the top of the table with a win, although Chennaiyin F.C. is yet to lose an away game this season.

“It will be a nice experience to play against Marco Materazzi. We played our first game (against Chennaiyin) and it will happen again tomorrow. It should be a good challenge tomorrow,” said Zambrotta, pointing how his team has two world champions with assistant coach Simone Barone – a member of Italy’s 2006 World Cup winning squad – among his support staff.

Delhi Dynamos has won two consecutive matches against F.C. Goa and Kerala Blasters by an identical 0-2 margin and will now look for a hat-trick of victories that will take them to the top of the table.

“We have to remember that our target is to get to the play-off as soon as possible. We won two nice matches and I am happy because we scored (two goals) as well. The team is getting better,” said the Italian coach.