Where have all the Chennaiyin FC goals gone?
CHENNAI Chennaiyin FC They are in the middle of a major drought of goals in the ISL and need to find a solution soon if they want to harbor any hope of winning the title. Having started the competition with a visitor loss, Chennaiyin has drawn and lost their next two home games and languishes in eighth place with one point. But most importantly, he hasn't scored a single goal so far.
The team coached by John Gregory had a similar start last season before finishing at the bottom of the table and scoring only 16 goals, the lowest among the teams. The failure to find the goal has continued to plague them this season as well and now they have gone without scoring a goal for six consecutive ISL games, including last season.
Lack of finishing and poor decision making.
What has been hurting is poor decision making and lack of ideas inside the box. It is not that the Chennaiyin are not creating opportunities, but that their strikers have often failed to place themselves in the right positions. And even when they did, or they rushed or spent too much time on the ball, allowing rival defenses to displace them.
During the 2017-18 season, winner of the Chennaiyin title, many goals came through sets. But for the past two years, the inability of the players to find space behind the defenders in the box meant that most of their attacks continued to disappear even before they could test the opposing goalkeeper.
After his defeat against ATK on Tuesday, Gregory agreed that his players must make the right decisions. The final ball is not as good as it should be. Sometimes, we are making bad decisions in the last third. But the approach to work and creativity have been fantastic. I can't blame my players for their attitude. There were periods last year when we weren't even creating opportunities. However, we are now creating opportunities and a good effort is needed to break the drought, Gregory said.
No leader in attacking third parties
According to Gregory, foreigners have the key to the sides of the ISL, but Chennaiyin's foreign strikers, Andre Schembri and Nerijus Valskis They are still up to the occasion. The side also lacks a leader in the attack in the mold of John Stiven Mendoza or Rafael Augusto , who played star roles during their title-winning seasons in 2015 and 2017-18 respectively. The fact that Hehe Lalpekhlua It has not yet been fully adjusted, it has also added to Chennaiyin's problems. The equipment is still being installed. Our crucial midfielders Masih Saighani & Rafael Crivellaro arrived late & could train with us only for a week before the season began. So we need to come together as a team," Gregory said.
Foreign budget strikers
The 65-year-old coach also highlighted the difference in budget between his side & other teams. "Compared to us, other teams like ATK have spent millions on their team. They got two strikers ( Roy Krishna & David Williams) on whom they have spent a lot of money & pay a huge salary. These strikers have been quite successful & they are reaping the benefits. But I am not complaining. We need to take the setbacks in our stride & come back stronger," Gregory said.
With Chennaiyin's next game against Bengaluru in 10 days, Gregory will have plenty of time to solve things.