ISL 2016: Delhi Dynamos 4-1 Chennaiyin FC - Player Ratings
The Delhi Dynamos once again shot to the top of the 2016 Indian Super League after a big 4-1 win at home against defending champions Chennaiyin FC. The hosts established their dominance early on and never let up afterwards as Chennaiyin suffered their first loss in six games. With this win, the Dynamos have now done the double over Chennaiyin this season, having won their first clash in Chennai as well earlier in the campaign.
Here's a look at how players from both sides fared. (All the ratings are out of 10)
GK: Antonio Doblas – 6.5
The Spanish custodian didn't have much to do in this game as his team's attack dominated at the other end. He was strong when called upon especially with Chennaiyin looking to put pressure on him physically with their big players.
RB: Souvik Chakraborty – 7
Proved a tough nut to crack down Delhi's right-hand side as neither Dudu nor Baljit Sahni got any joy out of him. Helped in his side's shutting out of Chennaiyin.
CB: Ruben Rocha – 6.5
Like his countryman Doblas in goal, Rocha didn't have many moments of action. He dealt with all of Chennaiyin’s long balls with ease to minimize Davide Succi’s impact on the game.
CB: Anas Edathodika – 7
Was in the wars with Dudu in the first half, getting entangled with the Chennaiyin forward on a few occasions. But he marked the opposition very well and made sure that not many goal-scoring opportunities were presented. Another strong showing for the Kerala man who is likely to be a contender for defender of the tournament.
LB: Chinglensana Konsham – N/A
Unfortunately picked up an injury two minutes into the game and was forced off.
DM: Marcos Tebar – 7
Tebar had a huge role to play in disrupting the Chennaiyin midfield's efforts in advancing the ball. He was especially severe on Raphael Augusto as he was constantly found snapping at his heels.
CM: Milan Singh – 6.5
Another solid showing from the young Indian who has been very consistent right through this tournament. Dominated the middle of the pitch along with Malouda.
CM: Florent Malouda – 9
Malouda had this game on a piece of string the whole night. He sliced the Chennaiyin defence open on numerous occasions with his superb through balls and when he wasn't assisting he was there to score. Two goals (brilliantly taken ones at that) and two assists, including a no-look pass for Lewis’ goal, for the French veteran in one of the tournament's best individual performances thus far this year.
RM: Marcelinho – 6
Not one of the Brazilian’s best games, but it didn't matter much as the rest of the forward line was on fire.
LM: Kean Lewis – 8
He must love playing against this team. Lewis once again was the scourge of the Chennaiyin defence as they had trouble containing him all night long. If Malouda was opening them up through the middle, then Lewis was doing likewise down the flanks. Constantly interchanging with Marcelinho, Lewis had another fine game with a superb goal to add to his overall performance.
FW: Richard Gadze – 7
Once again his energetic running helped pull the opposition defence in all directions opening up space for those behind him to run into. Opened the goal-scoring and harassed the defenders continually till he went off with injury.
LB: Lalchhawnkima – 6.5 [2’]
Coming in for the injured 'Sana barely minutes into the game, it was a good 90 minutes for the youngster who with the rest of his team's back four dealt easily with Chennaiyin’s tepid attacks.
FW: Badara Badji – 6.5 [61’]
Set up Malouda’s second goal and made sure his side lost no tempo in the attacking third with Gadze going off.
CB: Ibrahima Niasse – N/A [87’]
A late sub for Ruben Rocha.