ISL 2021-22: Chennaiyin eyes top spot with win against rejuvenated Bengaluru

A win on Republic Day would see Chennaiyin leapfrog Jamshedpur FC, Kerala Blasters FC and Hyderabad FC to the top of the table.

Vladimir Koman marked his return to the team with a goal in his last match against NorthEast United FC.   -  Focus Sports/ISL

Bengaluru FC (BFC), on a six-game unbeaten run, takes on Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim (Goa) on Wednesday.

BFC (14 points), which has two wins and four draws in recent matches, trails Chennaiyin FC by four points.

BFC is coming off a 1-1 draw against FC Goa in its previous encounter, while Chennaiyin FC edged out NorthEast United 2-1 on Saturday. Both contingents have been affected by COVID-19, which has forced personnel changes in the playing eleven.

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“It’s tough to not know which players I have available to me until three hours before we board the bus for the game. Some of my players exit their quarantine on the morning of the match, and these are only some of the problems we have faced. When you consider them, we did well under the circumstances against FC Goa. The boys have shown incredible mentality and character,” BFC head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli said.

Chennaiyin FC head coach Bozidar Bandovic stated, “BFC is one of the best teams, with good quality players in their squad. They are very dangerous on the offensive set pieces. We need to defend set pieces very well.”

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