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ISL 2021-22 Preview: Chennaiyin FC starts with renewed hopes against Hyderabad FC

After
finishing
a
dismal
eighth
in
the
previous
ISL
season,
the
Marina
Machans
overhauled
the
squad
completely
right
from
the
top
with
experienced
Montenegrin
Bozidar
Bandovic
roped
in
as
new
coach
and
India
international
Anirudh
Thapa
being
handed
over
the
captain’s
armband.

Chennaiyin
FC
was
one
of
the
busiest
team
in
the
pre-season
transfer
window
with
them
having
signed
as
many
as
five
new
foreign
players,
along
with
some
promising
Indian
talent.

ISL
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Chennaiyin
FC
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Players,
Strength,
Weakness,
Predictions

Bandovic
was
candid
while
admitting
that
he
would
prefer
to
take
it
one
match
at
a
time,
instead
of
rushing
up
things
too
far
quite
early
in
the
new
season.

“I
would
go
game
by
game.
First
game
first.
We’ll
like
to
go
game
by
game
and
try
to
be
in
the
top
four,”
Bandovic
said
at
the
pre-match
virtual
press
conference.

The
club’s
assistant
coach
Syed
Sabir
Pasha
had
said
in
a
recent
virtual
interaction
that
they
were
confident
of
an
improved
show
and
felt
the
squad
appeared
to
be
settled
heading
into
ISL’s
eighth
season.

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2021-22:
Chennaiyin
FC
looking
for
a
winning
start

New
captain
Thapa
has
been
a
key
member
of
the
Chennaiyin
FC
squad
for
a
few
years
now
and
will
look
to
lead
from
the
front,
hoping
the
new
foreign
recruits
and
the
Indian
stars
pull
their
weight
as
the
team
aims
to
bounce
back.

Chennaiyin
have
signed
a
handful
of
foreign
players
including
Polish
striker
Lukasz
Gikiewicz,
who
is
expected
to
sharpen
the
attack
and
bring
in
goals,
which
the
team
missed
in
the
season
gone
by.

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2021-22:
Thalaivan
Thapa
sets
top-four
target
for
Chennaiyin
FC

Hyderabad
FC,
on
the
other
hand,
will
aim
to
break
into
the
play-offs
after
having
missed
out
narrowly
last
time.

Coach
Manuel
Márquez
Roca
will
be
hoping
the
team
continues
the
good
run
and
the
signing
of
Bartholomew
Ogbeche
from
Mumbai
City
FC
gives
the
forward
line
more
teeth.

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2021-22,
Hyderabad
FC
Team
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Fixtures,
Key
Players,
Strength,
Weakness,
Predictions

Ogbeche,
Edu
Garcia
and
Juanan
will
be
the
key
players
for
the
team
and
their
performance
will
have
a
bearing
on
the
fortunes
in
a
long
season.
Marquez’s
men
got
the
better
of
CFC
in
both
the
matches
last
season
and
Ogbeche
&
Co
will
look
to
cash
in
on
a
rather
weak
opposition
defence.

A
cracker
of
a
contest
in
the
offing
and
Thapa
said
he
was
looking
forward
to
a
good
game,
“Everyone
has
to
guide
the
younger
players,
not
only
me.
Everybody
who’s
experienced
will
guide
the
young
players
and
the
other
players
as
well
because
that’s
how
we’ll
improve

by
helping
each
other
on
and
off
the
field.”


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Ahead
of
the
kick
off,
CFC
have
a
couple
of
injury
concerns
with
influential
midfielder
Rafael
Crivallero
and
Germanpreet
Singh
doubtful
for
the
opening
game.

“Rafael
(Crivallero)
is
having
a
pain
and
is
being
monitored
by
the
team’s
medical
staff.
We’re
trying
to
find
what
the
problem
is.
He
trained
a
couple
of
days
ago,
but
had
to
walk
off.
Germanpreet
Singh
is
out
as
well
for
tomorrow’s
game,”
Bandovic
said.

The
match
in
Goa
kicks
off
at
7.30pm
IST
and
will
be
shown
on
Star
Sports
2
SD/HD
channels.

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