CHENNAI, Nov 25: Chennaiyin FC will need to play out of their skin and grab full points in their next two matches, including tomorrow’s clash against NorthEast United FC (NEU FC), to stay alive in the Indian Super League.
The defending champions are placed seventh with 14 points from 12 matches and need six points to possibly make the grade. Chennaiyin FC will have to prove that they can do an encore, starting with NorthEast United FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here tomorrow.
Last season, Chennaiyin FC were struggling at the bottom for most part but turned their fortunes around with a late surge, not just qualifying for the semifinals but going on to win the title at FC Goa’s expense in Goa.
This time, not everything has worked according to plan for Marco Materazzi but all is still not lost for the defending champions.
“We knew we were in a must-win situation and now we know that we have to win the next two games to get six points and we have shown (in the past) we can battle every team,” said Materazzi.
Chennaiyin FC have lost three of their last five matches, including the last one against Mumbai City FC, but they cannot afford any-more slip-ups against Mumbai City on Saturday and FC Goa next week.
NorthEast United instilled life in their campaign with a solitary goal victory over FC Pune City in their last game, a result that helped them stay alive.
NorthEast United had gone six games without a win, losing four of them, but the 1-0 victory over Pune City took them to the sixth spot with 14 points from 11 matches. – PTI