Dynamos boss now focused on Blasters challenge…
Gianluca Zambrotta, despite belting defending champions Chennaiyin 3-1 at Marina Arena, has chosen to remain grounded as he understands that a single win in the initial stages of the tournament hardly warrants success in one of the most competitive leagues in the world.
Speaking to the press after the game, the ever so humble Delhi Dynamos coach admitted that the result made him happy – his reaction to Dynamos’ final goal made his admission redundant, though – but added that his focus would now be on Sunday’s game against Kerala Blasters.
“The win makes me happy, but we also have to know that we’ve just started the league,” confessed the manager. “From tomorrow, we have to think about the next match. I’m happy for tonight but, we start a new adventure tomorrow.”
Whilst his Chennaiyin counterpart looked animated, relaying commands to his personnel on the pitch every now and again, the former Barcelona and Juventus defender acted as though he was merely a spectator and was seen reacting only when his players were brought down and after the final whistle.
“At the start, I was calm but I am a man of emotion and unfortunately, I cannot play,” said the Dynamos manager jokingly. “That is my way of telling the right position of the players on the pitch. It [the win] is a combined effort; all the players, coaches, and staff have done a good job.”
Chennaiyin had a decent start to the game, but the visitors outplayed them in all positions thanks to Zambrotta’s tactical master class. They were forced to resort to hoofing the ball up whilst Dynamos, on the other end, threaded passes together to frustrate the defenders in blue. The Dynamos gaffer, however, seems to have found a shortcoming as he eyes at closing games early – Chennaiyin looked to claw themselves back into the game until six minutes from the whistle.
“The first 15 minutes were hard for us because they set their team tactically stronger than ours. We started to play like we do after that. We also learnt that we have to close matches earlier and not wait for the end,” he asserted.
Anas Edathodika limped off the pitch with what looked like a serious injury. The Dynamos boss did not have any information about the seriousness of the injury; however, he need not shed a tear as his replacement in Lalchhawnkima excelled down the right flank.
“Anas is being assessed. He told me that he did not know if it’s a massive problem or something minor. I wish Anas all the best, but we have to wait till tomorrow for the results from the medical team,” he concluded.
Report by Khel Now Correspondent from Chennai Praveen Paramasivan.