Ahead of the post match press conference, John Gregory had a smile on his face after Chennaiyin were off the mark in their ISL 2018-19 campaign and he also expressed that they should have have claimed all three points against Delhi.
The former Aston Villa Manager said, “I think we should’ve won the game quite comfortably. If we would’ve won 3-0, I don’t think Delhi could’ve complained about it. We had many goal-scoring opportunities which we worked to create, but we didn’t take the chances. We have problems on the other end of the pitch but tonight we were very solid defensively. The second half was just one-way traffic, we just dominated the second half. The Delhi goalkeeper won the man of the match and he kept Delhi in the match”.
When asked about his team’s defensive discipline in this match he was delighted with the defensive discipline of his backline as he said, “I was delighted we got a clean sheet from the game. Clean sheets are always welcome at any given stage and the coaches love them, fans probably don’t love them, especially 0-0 games. But, we are delighted to keep a clean sheet. As you said, in the last two games we conceded eight goals which is not like us. Our team was built on a solid defence last year, we were really hard to play against. We were really strong defensively, we didn’t give goals easily. If anyone scored a goal against us they had to work really hard and it had to be something special. We had eight clean sheets and I hope we get that this time too.”
And at last when asked about ‘Title defense run’ of Chennaiyin FC, the Englishman was grit confident about defending the championship. He mentioned that Chennaiyin will need 29 points to get in the play-offs and rest they will take it from there. Once they finish top four, they will have equal chance of fighting for the championship.