A tale of two penalties and two red cards, resulted in a drawn match between Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata. Chennaiyin FC received their Red way back in the 35th minute, meanwhile Atletico de Kolkata had their share deep into the second half.
“At the start of the game we wanted maximum points so in that respect it is two dropped, but since we scored so late I think it is a point gained for us overall.”said an optimistic Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi
“Yes, it is never easy when you are down to ten but we adapted well,I felt Stiven Mendoza had the energy and pace to last the whole game so I kept him on and replaced Jean Eudes Maurice who only recently joined the team.” he added.
Meanwhile Harmanjot Khabra believed that it was a personal challenge to play against Luis Garcia, he said “It was a great challenge to play against world class midfielders like Borja Fernández and Luis García. But when you have someone like Marco Materazzi alongside, you are more confident. We played as a team and got a point in the end,” in an interaction with ISL Media Team
“The crowd kept cheering for us throughout and inspired us to come from behind and earn a point. We are also expecting a great atmosphere against NorthEast United on Saturday.”said the Punjab born player.
Although refereeing did take a toll on Chennaiyin FC, Marco Materazzi kept quiet about it. “I won’t comment about the refereeing. All I know is that we showed great character and team spirit to come back in the end,”he concluded.