Guarding champion Chennaiyin FC, which reported its squad for the Hero-Indian Super League at a celebration capacity here on Thursday, looks midfield-substantial, with upwards of 12 players competing for a spot in the group. This gives head mentor Marco Materazzi a large group of choices to work out.
Then again, the nonattendance of Elano Blumer, the 2014 Golden Boot grant victor who has rejoined Brazilian club Santos FC, star striker John Stiven Mendoza (carrying out his specialty with New York City FC in Major League Soccer) and Bruno Pelissari (moved to Delhi Dynamos) has unquestionably taken the sheen off its assault.
Materazzi, who by and by picked the group for the third release, said, “we ought to be stressed over the players who are here and (not) the individuals who helped us win the title a year ago. “We are going to guard the title with or without Elano and Mendoza. “I have confidence in my players and we are going to give everything we can to do it once more.”
To an inquiry with respect to whether the group could anticipate seeing the neighborhood players N. Mohanraj and Dhanpal Ganesh play, Materazzi said, “I couldn’t care less where the players originate from. Whoever should play will play.” John Arne Riise, who supplanted Elano as the marquee player, said he might want to be “a good example for youths.”
This time, in a novel move, Chennaiyin has reserved in five youths from the All India Football Federation Academy. Materazzi said they are all prepared to play. The last release saw players contending with arbitrators and therefore, the group ended up at the base of the ‘Reasonable Play grant’ segment, however for Materazzi that is not a worry by any means.
“The main thing I can’t promise to my players and anybody is that we are not going to win the control grant. A year ago we were the group which scored most number of objectives (32) and won the title. In the event that you are searching for a mentor who needs to win the control grant, simply let me know and I am going to leave,” he said.
The squad: Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh, Pawan Kumar, Duwayne Kerr (Jamaica).
Shields: Abhishek Das, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Dhanachandra Singh, Nallappan Mohanraj, Jerry Lalrinzuala (formative player), Eli Sabia (Brazil), Eder Monteiro (Brazil), Bernard Mendy (France), John Arne Riise (Norway).
Midfielders: Raphael Augusto (Brazil), Hans Mulder (Netherlands), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Dhanpal Ganesh, Zakeer Mundampara, Siam Hanghal, Baljit Sahni, Thoi Singh, Anirudh Thapa (formative player), Bodo Baoringdao (formative player), Bedashwor Singh (formative player), Manuele Blasi (Italy).