Florent Malouda is a man who goes under the radar a lot of times. He has been the man to get the balls back from the other team and make that incisive pass to launch an attack. But in this match, he was right in the forefront of the action.
He had a role to play in every single on e of Delhi Dynamos’ four goals. Delhi, in this match, made sure that they didn’t waste many passes or shots while attacking and that made them a ferocious attackign unit that Chennaiyin simply could not handle.
Chennaiyin FC coach Marco Materazzi will trust a different team and set-up his team differently against Delhi Dynamos as he seeks to overcome the embarrassing loss in their Hero Indian Super League at home.
Chennaiyin FC lost 1-3 against a rampaging Delhi Dynamos and Materazzi has always admonished his team for the poor performance against Delhi Dynamos, coached by Gianluca Zambrotta, his former Italian teammate with whom he won the World Cup in 2006.
The teams now meet again at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, on Wednesday and it is clear Materazzi will settle for nothing less than a victory after a disappointing run of three draws in the last three matches.
“Delhi Dynamos are a confident team. They did well against us in our home match but every day is different. Marco has some strategy to play against Delhi tomorrow. There is a chance, we will have a different team, and strategy may be different (as well). It will be a tough match playing away,” said assistant coach Sabir Pasha, in the absence of Materazzi at the pre-match media briefing.
Chennaiyin FC have 10 points in seven matches, which is identical to their ISL 2015 performance where they ended up as the title winners. This time around Chennaiyin have plugged the goals after conceding five goals in their first two matches and look strong enough for the second half of the campaign.
Against Delhi Dynamos, Materazzi would have counted on the experience of marquee player John Arne Riise and midfielder Hans Mulder, both of whom played for Delhi Dynamos in the past. The experienced duo however are reported to be injured and look doubtful for the crucial encounter.
Form and momentum is in favour of Delhi Dynamos. They are yet to lose a home game and will move to the top of the table with a win, although Chennaiyin FC are yet to lose an away game this season.
“It will be a nice experience to play against Marco Materazzi. We played our first game (against Chennaiyin) and it will happen again tomorrow. It should be a good challenge tomorrow,” said Zambrotta, pointing how his team has two world champions with assistant coach Simone Barone – a member of Italy’s 2006 World Cup winning squad – among his support staff.
Delhi Dynamos have won two consecutive matches against FC Goa and Kerala Blasters by an identical 0-2 margin and will now look for a hat-trick of victories that will take them to the top of the table.
“We have to remember that our target is to get to the play-off as soon as possible. We won two nice matches and I am happy because we scored (two goals) as well. The team is getting better,” said the Italian coach.
5′ gone Delhi Dynamos 0-0 Chennaiyin FC
Delhi Dynamos have had to make an early substitution when Chinglensana Singh had to be stretchered off in the second minute. Chennaiyin had a chance from a free kick but Doblas saw it off. The game is yet to pick up pace.
GOAL!!! Delhi Dynamos 1-0 Chennaiyin FC (Gadze 15′)
Manghal lost the ball on a very dangerous are and Delhi poured onto the box. Gadze ran nearly 50 yards, put the keeper under pressure, received the ball and slotted it home. Its an early strike for Delhi.
20′ gone Delhi Dynamos 1-0 Chennaiyin FC
Delhi putting Chennaiyin FC under pressure but Chennaiyin show thast they remain alert. Malouda took the corner and feigned a touch. Chennaiyin noticed that and Chennaiyin came and took the ball awqa, leaving Malouda bewildered. Cheeky attempt wastes a chance that they could have had from the corner.
GOAL!! Delhi Dynamos 2-0 Chennaiyin FC (Malouda 25′)
This is turning out to be a bit too easy. Gadze latche on to a poor clearance and ran forward. He had a little one-two with Malouda and finally decided to give it to the latter who curved it into goal from just outside the box. Chennaiyin can’t defend the wings and are looking vulnerable.
30′ gone Delhi Dynamos 2-0 Chennaiyin FC
The match is a bit lopsided now. Delhi passing the ball around easily in their half because of the lack of any opposition palyers in the area. They conjured an attack out of nowhere that was saved by the goalkeeeper but it is very clear that Delhi are the only team in this match right now.
GOAL!! Delhi Dynamos 2-1 Chennaiyin FC (Mendy 37′)
Bernard Mendy shows what h can do if he is given any space in any part of the field. Mendy first took the ball from far out from the goal, ran forward, pushed of Tebar, got past another defender and unleashed a shot that hit the back of the net. Chennaiyin have one foot back in the game.
40′ gone Delhi Dynamos 2-1 Chennaiyin FC
And now the game looks like one between two teams instead of a practice match for one. Chennaiyin are looking more cdonfident after their skipper’s wonder goal and are pouring forward. Delhi seema little frustrated at the moment, judging from the way Marcelinho pushed the man in front of him while they were running for a ball.
HALF-TIME Delhi Dynamos 2-1 Chennaiyin FC
The match was completely lopsided when Delhi Dynamos score the first two goals. Malouda got in his first ISL goal and it was only Delhi Dynamos on the ball for some time after that. But Bernard Mendy led from the front and scored an incredible solo goal. Chennaiyin were rioght back in it after that and things seemed to be coming to the boil by the time the referee signalled the end of the first half. An interesting second half in store.
GOAL!! Delhi Dynamos 3-1 Chennaiyin FC (Kean Lewis 53′)
Florent Malouda has been excellent in this second half so far. A lovely weighted pass to Kean Lewis, inviting him to hit it first time. He did and he scored. Kean Lewis gets another this season, a second assist for Malouda in the match.
65′ gone Delhi Dynamos 3-1 Chennaiyin FC
Chennaiyin are still looking competitive in the match and haven’t slacked off the way they did in the first half after conceding the second goal. But Delhi are looking like a well-oiled attacking unit. Every time they get the ball, they look like they are troubling the goalkeeper. Richard Gadze and Florent Malouda are at the forefront of this attacking display and Delhi Dynamos are very much looking like the team to beat.
70′ gone Delhi Dynamos 3-1 Chennaiyin FC
A lovely attacking move from Chennaiyin when Jeje passed the ball onto Dudu at the edge of the box. Dudu touched the ball to Succi who just chipped it across to Jeje who cintinued his run into the box from the right. Jeje skied the final shot. Delhi have been calm in front of goal, Chennaiyin havent’ shown that with this attempt or an earlier one from Mulder.
GOAL! Delhi Dynamos 4-1 Chennaiyin FC (Malouda 84′)
Florent Malouda has proven his worth in this match. It was a silly corner to concede when Wadoo tried to head it back to the keeper and ended up headng it out. Marcelinho took the corner, the ball looked like it would be headed out and in came Florent Malouda just a couple of feet from the near post and flicked it into the goal. A second for the marquee, Delhi cruising now.
FULL TIME!! Delhi Dynamos 4-1 Chennaiyin FC
Delhi Dynamos have been on the ascendancy for some time now. Their forward line have shown a few signs of how they can connect. It all seems to have come together in this match. Right from the word go, they threatened the Chennaiyin box time and again. Marcelinho, who has been the man with goals for Chennaiyin this season was only a fringe figure as the Gadze, Kean Lewis and most prominently Florent Malouda wrecked havoc on the Chennaiyin defence line.
Finally it has ended with a thumping victory for the home side who go back to the top of the ISL table.