Total Sports News ISL 2018: Still confident of defending title, says Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory

Written by Natasha Singh
| New Delhi |

Delhi Dynamos FC goalkeeper jumps to save a goal during their Hero Indian Super League soccer match against Chennaiyin FC in New Delhi, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (PTI Photo)

With the first point of the season, Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory said that they were delighted with a clean sheet against Delhi Dynamos at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. Admitting that a goalless draw is not what fans enjoy, Gregory said, “Glad we end with a clean sheet. We are always delighted with clean sheets. TV fans can’t say the same because they want goals but we are very happy with a clean sheet. We had eight clean sheets last season and hopefully, this is a good start. We have a lot of work to do from here.”

Gregory is confident of defending the title despite a poor start. “Still confident of defending the title. After the performance tonight, I believe in seeing some more.”

“We should have won the game. I don’t think Delhi could have complained about it. We did take the chances. Tonight, defensively we looked very solid. We dominated in the second half. Without doubt, Delhi keeper (Francisco) Dorronsoro is their man of the match.”

Defending champions Chennaiyin opened their season with three straight defeats and stand one spot above the bottom of the table with a solitary point. But Gregory praised his players for the same, saying, “I didn’t think Delhi could have stayed with us in the last 20 minutes. This is really good for the players. We knew this was a game that we couldn’t afford to lose. We go back with a point. Right now we welcome any points we get.”

Speaking on Jeje Lalpekhlua being given only five minutes of play time, Gregory said, “I wanted to get Jeje and even Gregory Nelson early on the field. You might say that five minutes for Jeje is not long enough. But he is someone who can knick you a goal even in the last five minutes. “

Gombau praises Dorronsoro 

Josep Gombau, coach of Delhi praised Dorronsoro for a spectacular performance but had a different approach than the opponent’s on cleansheet. Gombau said, “All the games are important. Three points are important. Now we need to rest well tomorrow and play the next game in Mumbai and try to beat them there. “


“The first half was very equal. We had the ball. The second half I felt that our team was very tired after the last three games. Chennaiyin created chances and made the most of the game.

Criticising the heavy schedule, he added, “The boys are bringing their 100 per cent. We are the team that have more games in less time which is not good for anyone.”

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