Solidity at the back and a general discipline to structure was what pushed Chennaiyin FC to the title last season. This has been something that was missing so far but today, that is exactly what they showed. It was clear that they came into the second half with a plan to extend their lead as early as possible. They did that through Davide Succi and then, they remained tight and made sure that FC Pune City found no cracks to exploit.
FC Pune City had their moments in the first half. In fact, Antonio Habas seemed to have won the tactical battle with Marco Materazzi in the first half-hour but tactics don’t matter when the players on the field don’t deliver. The two wing backs could did not manage to get crosses into the box and exploit the spaces left in the wide areas by the champions. When they did, the forwards in the box were not ready for them and the attack just fizzled out on its own.