Marco Materazzi: 'Team went from good to worst in four days'

Chennaiyin FC lost to Delhi Dynamos 3-1 in its home game on Thursday. CFC's head coach Marco Materazzi admitted that the team lacked the firepower and the will to win.

Marco Materazzi Chennaiyin FC manager head coach. CFC v Delhi Dynamos, ISL

Marco Materazzi said the team didn't play to its full potential against Delhi Dynamos.   -  R. Ragu

Promising debutant Marcelinho’s brace -- in 26th and 34th minute -- and a late strike from Badara Badji (84’) gave Delhi Dynamos its first victory in the ISL after defeating the defending champion, Chennaiyin FC here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

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“Delhi played really well and so they deserved to win, now its my responsibility as well as the players’ to fight back in the upcoming matches.”, said Chennaiyin FC manager Marco Materazzi after the match.

On being asked about the tactical mistakes in the match, Materazzi said, “In first ten minutes we were playing well but after that we lost the grip when we allowed Delhi to score two goals. We did not have in depth passes, and there was lack of hunger in the team. Four days ago we were a good team but today we could not have been worse than this.”

“I was really excited for this match, starting 50 minutes was harder for us but in the second half we played like winners, all the players performed to their level best which helped us getting the desired result”, said the Delhi Dynamos coach, Zambrotta after the match.

“I am very happy with my team, our focus is now on the upcoming games in the tournament, it has been a good start to our campaign but now its more important for us to concentrate on other matches.”

When asked about the tactical performance of the team, Delhi Dynamos midfielder Kean Lewis said, “We were trying to play in space, practicing off the ball movement and were not focusing to attack any particular player, we tried to work on what our coach told us before the game. Defensively we were very strong team as all the Indian defenders were solid and compact ”

“Our pre-season training in Sweden, England and match against West Brom also helped us a lot in terms of bringing the team together like a family.”