The domestic players from the away side proved to be better on the night.
Chennaiyin FC continue their unbeaten run as they beat ATK 3-1 away from home at the Salt Lake stadium in an intense Indian Super League clash. Goals from Rafael Crivellaro, Andre Schembri and Nerijus Valskis took it beyond reach for the Kolkata based outfit as Roy Krishna’s only goal remained a mere consolation.
Here are the player ratings from ATK vs Chennaiyin FC:
Arindam Bhattacharya – 5.5
The ATK custodian had an off day at the office as his misjudgement led to the second goal which Chennaiyin scored from a corner. In the second half, he redeemed himself by denying shots from Edwin Vanspaul and Nerijus Valskis.
Prabir Das – 5.5
One of the most consistent Indians for ATK did not have a great outing against Chennaiyin as he lost possession in crucial areas and was always forced to push back and help Pritam Kotal as they had to contain Lallianzuala Chhangte on the left flank.
Pritam Kotal – 6.0
The India international was not at his best on the night as he was kept under pressure by the likes of Chhangte and Crivellaro. Things improved a lot in the second half for Kotal as his passing improved a lot, as he ended the match with a staggering 89% passing accuracy.
Anas Edathodika – 4.0
The veteran defender came in for Soosairaj to solidify the ATK defence but was late to react to Crivellaro’s surging run which led to the first goal in the game for the visitors. He came up with a solid tackle to deny Andre Schembri but went down clutching his hamstring and was later stretchered out.
Sumit Rathi – 6.0
The youngster was probably the only player who had a good game in defence for the hosts. Rathi stood tall against Valskis and the other attackers as he ended the match with 81% passing accuracy.
Jayesh Rane – 5.0
Rane struggled against the likes of Vanspaul and Thapa in midfield and he lost possession in crucial areas. He did not have much of his creative impact and was substituted in the second half for Michael Regin
Michael Soosairaj – 6.0
After a quiet first half, the former Jamshedpur FC man came back in the second half and combined well with Edu Garcia. However, the final ball was missing as Ladinliana Renthlei did not allow him much space on the flank.
Michael Regin – 6.0
The former Chennai City man replaced Jayesh Rane later in the second half to allow Edu Garcia more freedom and he did his job decently.
Vishal Kaith – 5.0
Just like his counterpart, Kaith, also had a bad outing. The only goal he conceded in the first half was majorly his fault as he failed to keep out Roy Krishna’s weak attempt on goal. He was also indecisive with his distribution and handling.
Laldinliana Renthlei – 7.0
The Mizo youngster has made way recently to this Chennaiyin FC squad and has made the right-back position his own. He combined well with the likes of Andre Schembri and threatened the ATK defence with his overlapping runs. But his main aim was to keep Soosairaj under control which he did with aplomb.
Jerry Lalrinzuala – 7.0
A decent outing for the India international as he was mainly very aware with his defensive responsibilities and kept Prabir Das busy and did not allow him any space on the flanks.
Edwin Vanspaul – 8.0
The former Chennai City man has transformed seamlessly into his new role in midfield. He was relentless in the middle of the park as he used his pace and acceleration to pop in open spaces and some of his long rangers did test Arindam in goal.
Anirudh Thapa – 8.5
Thapa has flourished in a deeper role under Owen Coyle and he continues to do so for the Marina Machans. He was tidy with possession and some his passes opened up the ATK defence and allowed the likes of Chhangte, Crivellaro and Valskis to runs in behind. Two assists and three chances created in total. Thapa was the star for the visitors.
Lallianzula Chhangte – 7.5
Chhangte once again showed why he is one of the most highly rated wingers in the country. While he created havoc with his relentless energy and lightning pace, his finishing still raises a lot of questions.
Deepak Tangri – NA
The youngster came in late at the dying minutes of the match and did not have any impact.