ISL 2017, Match 6: Chennaiyin FC vs NorthEast United FC, 5 talking points
Chennaiyin FC registered their first win of ISL 2017 with a comfortable 3-0 victory over NorthEast United FC. Midfielder Raphael Augusto was the star for Chennai. He capped off the night with a deflected goal and a well taken second.
Chennai were extremely fluid and won the midfield battle which ultimately won them the game. Here are the major talking points from tonight's game.
#1 Chennaiyin Defenders and goalkeepers not on the same page
It happened in the match between Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC, and it happened again tonight. There was a clear lack of communication and understanding between the goalkeeper and his defenders. Amrinder and his center-back's miscommunication led to Sunil Chhetri's goal when Mumbai and Bengaluru locked horns.
Tonight, Chennai's shot-stopper, Karanjit came out of his box due to a clear lack of understanding between him and his defenders. What should have been a routine clearance turned into a howler and almost gave NorthEast United an early lead. Fortunately for Chennaiyin, Seiminlen Doungel's lofted shot went inches above the crossbar. Goalkeepers ought to be commanding in their box and not leave 50/50 balls to chance.