Chennaiyin FC came from a goal down to register a draw against FC Pune City. Although a point uplifts Chennaiyin two second, equals with league leaders Atletico de Kolkata, assistant coach Vivek Nagul, was not impressed by his team bagging only a point.
“It’s two points lost. It’s been the same story, as it was against NorthEast (United) and against Kolkata. We should have scored nearly four or five goals. We studied their game and the matches they played; we were expecting to score with our strikers’ abilities, our midfielders’ abilities, with the attack force we have up front.” he said.
Nagul went on to praise Valencia Mendoza, who has been impressive so far in the Super League. Mendoza is known for his untired workrate off the ball.
“That is Mendoza’s style. We have Mendoza with his abilities, and Balwant brings his own abilities. We wanted to mix and try and match the two to keep the opponents defence guessing.Mendoza’s speed on the ball and balance is fantastic, and we give his the freedom and space to express himself on the ground, because we know with that he creates a lot of chances. In the first half itself we could have scored 3-4 goals through him.”
Nagul also praised Coach and skipper Marco Materazzi, he said ““This is what Materazzi was doing in Milan, in Italy, and Indians and people of Pune got to watch him. It’s amazing. We saw a master of defence at work today. Silvestre too was good, you saw him going up with the ball so many times. I’m pleased with them.”
Chennayin FC sit at second with twelve points and are expected to qualify for the latter stages of the Super League, easily.