The Delhi Dynamos faced the Kerala Blasters at the Kochi Stadium, Kerala. Coming off after their dominating 3-1 victory over defending champions Chennaiyin FC 3-1 away, the Gianluca Zambrotta-coached team started as favorites.
The game began on the balanced note, with Kerala Blasters being the slightly better side in the first half. As the game grew, the Lions started to control proceedings and grew into the game well. At the final whistle, the game ended in a 0-0 draw, with both teams happy to share a point each.
Sandesh Jhingan was awarded the man of the match for protecting his goal well and keeping opposition striker Badara Badji out of the game for most of the time.
Here, we take a look at the five talking points from the game
#1 Richard Gadze is the real deal
Badara Badji is a finisher, a striker who’ll dominate defenders in the box. If you’re playing a counter-attacking system, or with a formation which defends heavily and trusts on set-pieces more than open-play, you need to have a player like him up ahead.
Delhi Dynamos, on the other hand, are doing exactly the opposite. Playing with inverted wingers as part of the top three, the Lions need to understand that 22-year-old Senegalese striker is not just what it takes to keep possession and play with the ball at the feet.
Playing a possession-based game play, with quick inter-linking passing a feature of their game, Delhi needs players who can pick passes and through balls, and Badji is surely not the man for that. Richard Gadze, on the other hand, is a good striker upfront who can link-up play with his back to the opposition goal and can involve his attacking team-mates to the game.
Losing three brilliant balls in the box would not help the Senegalese’s case here. The player also rendered Marcelinho less effective, usually going solo or playing too right over the pitch. In hindsight, Richard Gadze combined brilliantly with attacking wingers Lewis and Marcelinho in the last game against Chennaiyin FC.