Delhi quietly confident of a comeback against Chennai

Both teams will be keen to avoid the mistakes they made in their opening games, against Goa and Kolkata. While Delhi can take heart from the fact that they dominated the proceedings against Goa, Chennaiyin will be more than keen to make amends to the lapses they committed at home and improve upon their record against Dynamos.

Roberto Carlos rated Chennayin FC, their upcoming opponents, as 'one of the best' teams.   -  The Hindu

Roberto Carlos is “chilled” despite Delhi Dynamos' 2-0 loss to FC Goa in its first outing of the Indian Super League (ISL) Season 2. Ahead of Dynamos' first home outing against Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Thursday, the Brazilian player-cum-coach must be comforted on two accounts – the unbeaten record of Dynamos against their rivals from deep down south and the overall attacking approach of his side in Margao the other night.

Dynamos take heart from the fact that they dominated the proceedings against Goa. With 11 shots on the goal, Dynamos players showed that they broadly followed Carlos' philosophy of adopting an attacking approach. A significant difference in possession (Dynamos' 59 per cent against Goa's 41) also speaks a lot about Dynamos' grip over the match.

However, the errors, including Souvik Chakraborty's own goal, let the team down.

Carlos was as precise in his analysis as he had been with his free-kicks. “We lost because of our mistakes. In a short championship like this, we cannot make many mistakes. When there are individual mistakes, you try harder.”

The Dynamos coach hinted at a bigger role for previous year's hero Gustavo Dos Santos.

Dynamos had registered their first ever victory in ISL by thumping Chennaiyin 4-1 at the sprawling Nehru Stadium last year. In the return leg, they had played a 2-2 draw to remain undefeated against Chennai.

Carlos rated Chennai highly though. “It is a great team, one of the best. It will be a great match.”

After going down fighting 3-2 to Atletico de Kolkata in a thrilling season opener, Chennaiyin will be more than keen to make amends to the lapses they committed at home and improve upon their record against Dynamos. Fine ball holding skill (53 per cent) had helped Chennaiyin give Kolkata a run for their money. The visitors will focus on plugging the gaps in its defence even while targeting the rival post.

“We conceded goals. We know our mistakes and are working on those to get better,” said Chennaiyin assistant coach Vivek Nagul.

Chennaiyin, nevertheless, have some fitness issues and one of these is related to Fikru, a key component in their attack. The time he spends on the field will be crucial for the touring side. Chennaiyin has options in Balwant Singh and Jayesh Rane to fill the void created by hard-working forward Jeje Lalpekhlua owing to his national duty.

“We will not be defensive,” assured Nagul, promising an entertaining fare.