Chennaiyin FC were rocked by the news of John Stiven Mendoza Valencia’s injury but immediately after began rocking when they found out that the legendary Alessandro Nesta will be his replacement. In the world of replacements, I doubt there’s any better.
Alessandro Nesta The Legend
Alessandro Nesta holds the kind of reputation in Italy that only Sir Sachin enjoys in our country and the Indian Super League is better for his arrival. If you thought Chennaiyin FC’s defence was good till now with people like Marco Materazzi, Bernard Mendy, and Mikael Silvestre, imagine what it’ll be like now with one of the biggest ambassadors of a good defence joins them.
Wikipedia says that Alessandro Nesta is “widely considered to be one of the best centre backs of his time”.
If that’s not enough for you and you are a complete football teetotaller then consider the fact that Alessandro Nesta is a World Cup Winner (2006) and also a four time Serie A Defender of the Year – that’s in a country that has an assembly line of high quality defenders.
He is also a UEFA Champions League Winner (the biggest championship in Europe). What you can be sure about that he had the pedigree to be included in the ever growing cluster of ISL Marquee Players in India.
Alessandro Nesta can be considered to be the one man that made a drab position in football artistic and stylish. Defenders have never been revered the way strikers have been but while Alessandro Nesta was at his peak, there were plenty of kids who wanted to become central defenders.
Alessandro Nesta was probably roped in by his countryman Materazzi but what made it easier was that he was nearby in the global scheme of things. Nesta is currently in Bangkok where he will be playing in the Global Legends Series. Expect him to join Chennaiyin FC from the first week of December with December 5th being touted as the possible date.
But Which Position Will He Play?
The tacticians amongst you must be wondering where Alessandro Nesta will play especially since Chennaiyin FC has been employing the 3 centre back formation with Silvestre, Mendy, and Gouramangi Singh in the centre of defence and Materazzi as the defensive midfielder.
You can rest assured that Gouramangi Singh, who is injured anyways, will be replaced by Alessandro Nesta in what will be a like for like change.
Mendoza, however, will still be missed by Chennaiyin FC as he was the one who gave them pace. Still, it shouldn’t bother them so much because in the last two games his absence didn’t seem to affect them so much. He could be replaced by a number of players with the foremost being Bruno Augusto Pelissari de Lima, especially once Elano comes back into the fold.
If Atletico De Kolkata was worried about Chennaiyin FC’s challenge till now then it’s certain that they’ll be quaking in their boots at the mention of Alessandro Nesta…
…and the Indian stock in world football rises ever higher. Forward and upward!