Chennaiyin coach hails defenders after taming Goa

Anirudh Thapa FC Goa Chennaiyin FC ISL

Anirudh Thapa FC Goa Chennaiyin FC ISL

While India, a few years ago, would have watched this conflict from afar, the Indian Super League's mass import of footballing brains and brawns has ensured that it has become a stage for some minor skirmishes of the larger ideological battle. Chennaiyin will meet ISL debutants Bengaluru FC for the big prize in the Karnataka capital on Saturday. Boumous, who missed the first leg, has the ability to carve open rivals' defence with a through ball or by threading a pass. Coach Sergio Lobera will certainly entrust the Moroccan to provide the final ball to Corominas and Lanzarote.

Chennaiyin FC registered a well deserved 3-0 victory over FC Goa in the second leg of the ISL semi-final.

Gregory's pre-match press conference on Monday was eerily similar to Mourinho's defence of his tactics after Manchester United's win over Liverpool during the weekend. We were doing excessive running to get the ball. "Whatever it takes, we have to qualify tomorrow". In the last game against Jamshedpur, we needed only a draw and we went and won the game.

Goa started with intent, and the fifth minute saw Mandar Rao Dessai cut back the ball from the by-line, and while Chennaiyin defender Jerry Lalrinzuala kicked it away for a corner, it came dangerously close to being an own goal.

"Of course, if they score, it changes the complexion of the game".

The Englishman, however, believes that Chennaiyin were able to come away from Goa with an advantage, albeit a minor one. "It is not something we're going to think about", Gregory said. But Gregory backed the Mizo and said Inigo will play.

"Goa are a team that relies on possession football". That they have 11 different players who have scored this season, an achievement no other team can boast off, shows their prowess. Goa moved around a lot, sometimes it is hard to play against them, we hung in there and put in a huge responsibility on our backline. With a total of 18 goals, Corominas is this season's highest scorer while Lanzarote has netted 13 times in the 18 matches he played.

While Lobera has been widely praised for the eye-pleasing style that he has adopted at Goa, he has had to face questions about the effect that it has had on his defence.

"We are the top goal-scorers in the league".

"We need to play the way we know to play". We are playing a tough team. We will go out there looking to win the game. We worked exceptionally hard in the first leg and we were disappointed that we couldn't make most of our chances.