Year in review 2021, Chennaiyin FC: A year of two halves
Chennaiyin FC have found the balance in their squad to become strong contenders to reach the semi-finals this season, with their defensive abilities making them stand out from the rest.
The club went on an unbeaten streak of seven matches, which included three draws from last season. However, Chennaiyin FC, with a young leader like Anirudh Thapa, are tasked with building on the strong foundation they laid at the start of the season.
Chennaiyin FC's 2021 in numbers: Pl: 20 W: 4 D: 9 L: 7, Win %: 20
Chennaiyin FC had an underwhelming outing last season with only three wins. This term has brought a refreshing turnaround with three wins, two draws and three losses in eight matches. They are positioned sixth on the table with 11 points and are still within reach of a top-four spot.
After last season’s nightmare, the club managed to remain as the only unbeaten side this season for a significant period before their streak was snapped by Mumbai City FC.
The club encountered a winless run at the beginning of 2021 – a run that stretched to nine matches.
Lallianzuala Chhangte has been a force to reckon with. This season, Chhangte has managed to score one goal and provide an assist while making 15 tackles and four interceptions in the midfield.
What to expect:
Chennaiyin FC will want to reach the semi-finals and might be harbouring ambitions of lifting their third Hero ISL title. The club has set up a solid platform and now needs a bit of flair and consistency to propel themselves into the higher echelons.