If the Indian Super League had a system of promotion or relegation, FC Goa would by now be ‘favourites for relegation.’ It’s a testimony to the topsy-turvy nature that this league has shown since its inception that the team that were finalists just the previous season are yet to win a point from their first three matches in the next.
FC Goa have been the better team for many parts of their previous matches but, against Chennaiyin on Thursday, they were completely outclassed by a team that seemed to be out to prove their manager wrong. Materazzi did question the quality of many of his players and he seems to have been answered by the players themselves. Indian striker Jeje didn’t play the match but Chennaiyin’s midfield duo of Hans Mulder and Mehrajuddin Wadoo were the ones that took the game to the opposition. The second half was all about a determined Chennaiyin defence not only fending off Goa attacks, but also becoming the originators for counter attacks.