5 Talking Points: Chennai City FC 0-2 Quess East Bengal FC
Last Updated 3:37 PM 26th January 2020 .
Quess East Bengal FC have bounced back from a hat-trick of defeats to get their first win in the calendar year as they won 2-0 against the holding champions Chennai City FC on Saturday at the Nehru Stadium in Coimbatore.
Let us check the 5 important talking points from the game:
Misfiring attacking line
Even though the team won by a comfortable 2 goals, the scoreline hides how wasteful the Red and Gold brigade was in the attacking line. They could have scored 5 or 6 if they had taken the easiest of chances which the squandered!
Jaime Colado missed a penalty and also a one-on-one sitter in the first half, while Brandon too had a one-on-one saved by Santana and a shot hitting the post.
Only after the inclusion of Ansumana Kromah, the attacking line looked to be in some rhythm and the team picked up two goals within 10 minutes to grab all 3 points from the fixture!
A Cleansheet atlast!
All East Bengal fans can finally rejoice as the team managed to keep a cleansheet for the first time in this I-League campaign after 8 matches!
Mirshad replaced Lalthuammawia Ralte and looked extremely confident under the crossbar. He had a daunting task with Marti Crespí being suspended for the game and two Indian defenders: Asheer Akhtar and Mehtab Singh starting as the centre-back pairing.
Mirshad made quite a few good saves in the second half as he firmed his position in the starting eleven for upcoming games!
Timely changes by Bastob Roy
The fans were beginning to feel unrest after the wasteful first half with new Liberian striker Ansumana Kromah on the bench but interim coach Bastob Roy, who has taken over until Mario Rivera arrives, had other plans!
He introduced the Liberian on the 65th minute mark and he almost had a scoring chance from his first touch! The team broke the deadlock after a few minutes as Marcos de la Espada was left open in the far post, who tapped in a good low cross from Jaime Colado!
The Spaniard got loads of spaces with the defenders focusing on Ansumana Kromah in the box, clearly indicating the requirement for more players inside the opponent box during attacks, which the team has lacked so far!
Kassim Aidara taking on responsibility
With Marti Crespí being suspended and two inexperienced Indian centre-backs behind him, Kassim Aidara took on the responsibility to shield the backline as the destroyer and did his job perfectly!
He nullified the threat of the Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa and newly import from FC Basel – Muzangu single handedly as the team managed to grab their first cleansheet of the season!
There are limitations to Kassim Aidara’s game but the role he plays for the team gets unnoticed. He too is on 3 yellow cards and had to be extra cautious about making tackles but on Saturday he did it perfectly ensuring all 3 points for the team!
Wasteful Set pieces
Last season, everytime there was a freekick in the dangerous zone, the Red and Gold brigade managed to convert from the resulting freekick most of the time!
This season however, the threat is missing from the game! The team lost two of the main scorers from set piece movements: Jobby Justin and Laldanmawia Ralte, who were always on the perfect position to head home the goals!
Juan Mera too had missed two good freekick chances in the first half, failing to keep the ball on target on both the occasions! With Mario Rivera incoming, he will have a pivotal task in fixing the issues for the underperforming team, who now has just 11 points from 8 matches in the I-League campaign!