ISL 2020-21 Highlights, NorthEast United FC vs Chennaiyin FC: NorthEast United FC remain unbeaten as they play out a 0-0 draw with Chennaiyin FC at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Goa in Match No.26 of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 on Sunday. Chennaiyin had four shots on target while NorthEast had two but none could find the goal. Rochharzela came on the pitch in the second half and was extremely lively and created chances but none could apply the finishing touches to his moves. The game saw end-to-end action right from the start and in the end, both teams go away with a point each. Apuia lead the NorthEast United FC team once again while Ninthoi returned to starting XI. For Chennaiyin FC, Anirudh Thapa was fit enough to make back to the matchday squad. NorthEast United FC. Yesterday, FC Goa produced a dominant performance against Odisha FC but due to Arshdeep Singh's heroics could only get a 1-0 win. Now, you can head out to the next game between former champions Bengaluru FC and two-time finalists Kerala Blasters.
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Both NorthEast United and Chennaiyin have faced each other 12 times in the short history of the league. Gerard Nus' side hold the upper hand, winning six times while drawing thrice. This is their best win record against any opposition in the Indian Super League and they will be aiming to continue that. Chennaiyin, after back to back defeats, have only accumulated four points from as many games. But there have been plenty of positives for the two-time winners, who have constantly proved a threat for all their opponents.
Nus expects Chennaiyin FC to bounce back following their defeat to Mumbai City FC, where they remained alive in the game until the final whistle. "Chennaiyin is going to be a competitive team," said Nus. "We've seen the way they fight. In the last game (against Mumbai City), they didn't get the result but they created chances and were dangerous. We expect a side that is going to come against us with commitment, aggressiveness and intensity. We have to be ready for it. We have to be focused for 90 minutes. This is something we need to do with consistency."
Northeast United are the joint-highest scorers so far this season (8). In defense, the Highlanders have also made it difficult for opponents to break them down, keeping two clean sheets. Chennaiyin coach Csaba Laszlo is aware of the threat posed by the Guwahati-based side but despite a few injury concerns, he expects his team to put up a tough challenge. "NorthEast have had a very good start. They are a stable team. In offense, they have new players who have performed well. Generally, it's a team that can score goals against every opponent. They have been dangerous. We must be prepared for this. At the same time, I believe in my team. We have our own style and strengths, which we want to use against them."