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ISL 2016: Confident Delhi Take on Chennaiyin, Aim to Regain Top Spot

Press Trust Of India

Updated: November 9, 2016, 11:05 AM IST
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ISL 2016: Confident Delhi Take on Chennaiyin, Aim to Regain Top Spot
Delhi Dynamos player Marcelinho (Getty Images)

New Delhi: With impressive back-to-back victories boosting their confidence, Delhi Dynamos would look to build a winning momentum when they take on defending champions Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League.

The match is also being played at a time when the Capital city has been in the midst of a severe air pollution crisis but both the teams sought to play down the issue.

Delhi snapped their five-match winless streak with a victory against FG Goa (2-0) in an away match on October 30 and then defeated Kerala Blasters in their first home win here to emerge as one of the strong favourites to make it to the play-offs.

After three successive draws, Delhi notched up a clinical 2-0 win over Kerala to record their first home win on November 4 with Kean Lewis and Marcelinho scoring the goals. That took them to the top of the league table before Mumbai City FC dislodged them later.

The Gianluca Zambrotta-coached side are now on the second spot with 13 points from eight matches, just two points less then table toppers Mumbai City FC, and a win tomorrow in the fifth home match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will again put them at the top of table.

With five goals and four assists to his credit, Marcelinho has become the attacking lynchpin and he has helped Delhi become the most attacking side with 12 goals in the tournament so far.

The home side will also begin tomorrow's match with a psychological advantage as they had beaten Chennaiyin 3-1 in their campaign opener on October 6.

Zambrotta has asked his players not to put their feet off the pedal as he wanted to seal the knock-out berth at the earliest.

"We are coming off two great matches that we won and we are getting better day by day. We have to remember that our focus and our target is to make it to the playoffs as soon as possible. We have to maintain our form," Zambrotta said at the pre-match press conference.

"In the two matches that we won, I'm most happy about the way we obtained the wins. I think we played a great tactical game, constructed nicely and also created a lot of opportunities.

"It will be a tough match against a very good team.

It will surely be a great challenge and we will try to do our best. The great thing is that there are no injury concerns and all the players are available one hundred percent."

First Published: November 9, 2016, 11:05 AM IST
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