Chennaiyin FC eyes third straight win in ISL

Chennaiyin FC eyes third straight win, takes on East Bengal in Indian Super League

While two-time champion Chennaiyin appear to be gaining in confidence, the East Bengal side has only one point to show from the three matches they played so far

Players of Chennaiyin FC. Credit: PTI File Photo

Chennaiyin FC will eye a third straight win when they take on a winless SC East Bengal in an Indian Super League match here on Friday.

While two-time champion Chennaiyin appear to be gaining in confidence, the East Bengal side has only one point to show from the three matches they played so far.

Also, the Kolkata side has conceded 10 goals and the defence has looked shaky, which is something Anirudh Thapa and Co would take note of.

CFC defeated NEUFC in their previous game on Monday with skipper Thapa putting himself on the scorers list.

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While the captain would like to add to his tally he would also expect more players to find the net in the coming games.

Chennaiyin coach Bozidar Bandovic, however, made it clear they cannot afford to take any team lightly.

"First, of all, we go game by game. Opponents, they will be focussed 100 per cent, we need to be ready and we are ready for this," Bandovic said during a virtual media interaction.

"We have a chance to make it three wins in a row. We need to show respect to every opponent. Doesn't matter if the opponent has conceded 10 goals (so far)... we need to prepare and be ready for this game and with full concentration."

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CFC is missing the services of influential mid-fielder Rafael Crivallero, owing to an injury but Vladimir Koman has proved to be a more than apt replacement and will look to make a mark after having indicated his intent to score in every game.

East Bengal, on the other hand, had drawn against Jamshedpur before losing to ATK Mohun Bagan and Odisha FC and they will rue their chances.

Coach Manolo Diaz had been critical of the team after the 4-6 loss to Odisha FC on Tuesday and he will be hoping that the team puts up a better performance against a side high on confidence.

The Kolkata giants will need their defence to tighten up and make sure they don't allow the opponents easy goals.

But it is easier said than done and a team-low on confidence would require them to be at their best to keep CFC at bay.

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