Gregory looking forward to a fantastic match against Jamshedpur
Defending champions Chennaiyin FC will resume their Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 campaign after the international break when they take on Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Sunday. Chennaiyin were last in action two weeks ago against FC Pune City, when they picked up their maiden victory of the season. Chennaiyin FC went unbeaten against Jamshedpur last season and will be hoping to keep the record intact.
At the pre-match press conference, which was held a day prior to the match, Chennaiyin head coach John Gregory was present to share his thoughts on the fixture. Gregory began by speaking about the way his side has played so far and the significance of the victory against Pune. "I have been very impressed with the way the team has been playing. We have had huge amounts of possession. In many of the games, we have out-passed the opposition by three to one. But we have not scored goals. We have certainly made one or two mistakes at the back which did not happen at all last season. We have lost games just by the odd goal. But I am sure the win at Pune has given everybody in the squad a lift," he said.
When asked about his team's unbeaten record against Jamshedpur last season, the Englishman opined that the Miners have improved a lot since then and will be a much tougher test this time. "Well, I think Jamshedpur have moved on from a year ago. I think they are a better footballing team now than they were 12 months ago. I think Cesar Ferrando has implemented a passing game. He has brought some very good footballers to the club. We come here possibly not as strong as we were last year and they are stronger than they were last year. So, we are expecting a really tough game. Of course, they are backed by some passionate fans as well. So that is another plus point in their favour," he stated.
Asked whether the long gap between their first win of the season and their next match might have dampened their chances of building some sort of momentum, Gregory said, "It would have suited us to have gone into another game within a few days when the momentum was high. Having said that, you can’t pick and choose. The fixtures are what they are. But we have been here a couple of days, the spirit has been really good, and the training has been excellent. So, it should be a fantastic game tomorrow night," he said.
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