BFC kicked off their ISL campaign against Chennaiyin FC in their fortress of Kanteerava. After a disappointing final last season, they look to change things around this time. Carles Cuadrat’s men started the game with the formation 4-3-3 with Xisco Hernandez and Albert Serran making their competitive debut. The away side love playing in Bengaluru, don’t they? After having won two games against Bengaluru in Bengaluru, they would have wanted to continue their streak . Chennaiyin FC played with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Jeje being the sole striker for Gregory. Issac Vanamalsawa Chhakcuak made his debut as a replacement of injured Danpal Ganesh .
West Block Blues like always were behind the club today. They started off the support with starting the march from bootlegger to the fortress. They continued singing their chants in the fortress.
Bengaluru FC started off the game with high intensity and hunger to win. They almost scored in the third minute with Eric Paartalu putting an header from a Rahul Bheke throw in. Chennaiyin kept their composure with Malison Alves leading the defence line. The Marina Machans had a couple of chances to take the lead and they usually attacked from the centre and exploited the flanks which made BFC’s flanks look vulnerable. Nelson combined with Jeje brilliantly but the Mizo sniper failed to covert the chances and had an off-day.
The debutant Xisco played a beautiful through ball to Miku which was beautifully shot by the Venezuelan striker to break the deadlock in the 41st minute. Bengaluru ended the first half leading 1-0.
BFC started the second half like how they ended first half, maintaining the tempo. Udanta did have the chance to double the lead. He had only one defender to beat but he was fouled and Jerry Laringzuala shown the yellow card. Chhetri also got a chance to double the lead. Chennaiyin did not create many chances in the second half. Chencho was given a bit of time with his new team mates. Xisco had a good game but had to be withdrawn to be replaced by the Bhutanese star. The defending champions gave it their all but couldn’t find a shot on the back off the net. The full time whistle was blown with a scoreline of 1-0 for the hosts the Miku goal being the difference.
Here we have assembled the major talking points from the match.
● The defensive shape of BFC :
Bengaluru FC waz solid at the back. Although they did let Chennaiyin have their chances but during most period of the game they were solid. They finally managed to beat Chennaiyin in their fortress. Their new centre-half Albert Serran had a good game, won a lot of aerial duels. They also managed to get the clean sheet in a game where the visitors had a lot of chances which shows that Cuadrat has worked well with his backline.
● Salom should have started :
Chennaiyin attack was left isolated with only one man Jeje Lalpekhlua upfront. Salom has good pace and they could have used that as an advantage from the start. John Gregory might think of adding a support to Jeje from the next game onwards.
● Udanta’s performance :
Udanta had a really good performance. He created so many chances for the team. He got himself a couple of chances too. He was really confident when he had the ball at his feet. The winger played an important part in BFC securing first 3 points of the season.
● Chennaiyin’s fighting spirit :
Although they didn’t have much of the ball in the second half, they tried creating chances in the last twenty minutes. They put a lot of balls in the box in the last twenty minutes but lacked proper finished. Although Jeje was isolated for most of the game, they gave it their all in the last phase of the natch. They almost scored too but Gurpreet made a brilliant stop. Although they did not get any point in this match but they can achieve a lot of things with that attitude.
Kabra was injured for most part of last season . He did play in the AFC cup tie this season . He was alright in the AFC Cup . He started today and was impressive . Not many would have excepted him to start today but he put in a good display to make the manager think about who should start for bfc and who should be dropped to the bench . He intercepted a lot of passes . He helped in linking up the attack too . Overall he had a good game .