Having lost both their matches so far, defending champions Chennaiyin FC will want to settle for nothing less than a victory when they face NorthEast United FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.
Chennaiyin coach John Gregory is not losing faith in his players, despite being unable to win a point from their first two matches. They`ve struggled for bits in the past, and the English coach remains confident that they can now turn the corner.
"NorthEast have had a fantastic start to the season but they have never finished in the playoff spot. But we have to respect them. They beat ATK and almost beat Goa. They should have won that game. But I have to show belief in my players. They have the capability to win it for us," said Gregory.
While Chennaiyin`s first match against Bengaluru FC proved to be a tightly knit affair that ended 1-0 in favour of the Blues, they were overcome 3-1 by FC Goa at their home ground in the second game.
NorthEast United, on the other hand, are a revamped unit under the tutelage of Dutch tactician Eelco Schattorie. With former PSG forward Bartholomew Ogbeche leading the attack, the Guwahati based club will offer a threat to any defence in the league.
"We can compete with any ISL team but Chennai has more individual quality than us. They have a few weaknesses and hopefully, we can exploit that," said the Dutch coach.
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