Before the transfer window closed, we saw all three Southern teams active in the market. While Kerala Blasters FC and Bengaluru FC shored up their defence with Nicola Krcmarevic and Albert Serran, respectively, Chennaiyin FC decided to improve their attacking options with Carlos Salom. Who are these players? Let’s find out. Continue reading
It’s picking up, folks. No, I’m not talking about my weight. Neither am I talking about the collective IQ of our ministers. And, I’m definitely not talking about Arsenal’s position in the EPL. I’m talking about the transfer action in the Indian Super League. I’m seeing more signings now than I did last month. Even the perennially slumberous NorthEast United FC have got in on the act (even though their acquisitions hint at a massive shortage of funds). This uptick only natural, though. The season is expected to start next season after all. So, what’s the latest and is it worth the effort being put into it? Let’s see. Continue reading
Jamshedpur FC’s Attacking Woes Continue; Chennaiyin FC Show How to Kill Off Opponents…Again
I like technical games but let me be honest. During the festive season, you don’t really want to see technical games. You want stuff that gets your blood pumping and brings you to the edge of your seat. Yesterday’s game between Chennaiyin FC and Jamshedpur FC wasn’t it. It was a dull affair and I’ve come to realise that virtually every Chennaiyin FC game is a dull affair. Don’t get me wrong, the Super Machans are a great footballing side but They. Just. Don’t. Entertain. Continue reading
Possession Based Tiki-Taka Visits English Counterattacking
Two draws in the first two games of the season… I thought that kind of thing only happened in Serie A. It seems like we Indians like our pizzas far too much. With Materazzi gone, the upcoming game will not have any Italian influence whatsoever. We’ll see English counterattacking from Chennaiyin FC against the Spanish tiki-taka in this game.
John Gregory and Sergio Lobera couldn’t be from more different footballing schools. Lobera has worked with managerial legends from the very beginning at Barcelona while Gregory has come up the ranks in English football. The schooling is different, the style of play is different, but the refrain will most probably be the same as what Indian football fans have all been arguing about since forever – Barcelona vs. Manchester United/City, Real Madrid vs. Arsenal, and Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea. Continue reading
[As of 03-09-2017]
This is the second group and it includes FC Pune City, Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa, Jamshedpur FC, and Bengaluru FC. In this group, I feel that FC Pune City will do well. Why? It’s because I like their signings so far, their coach has grown on me over the past three seasons, and their transfer business is, by no means, complete for this season.
Goa should also be interesting to watch as they try to ditch the green and yellow motif (Brazil) for the red and yellow insignia (Spain). Intros are fluff. Let’s get down to the meat of the post. Continue reading