Chennaiyin FC has a balance of attack and defence under the new coach Bozidar Bandovic, reveals midfielder Edwin Vanspaul ahead of their ISL 2021-22 season first match. The former Chennai star who played an important role in the franchise I-league glory, before joining Chennaiyin and narrowly missed the title of the winter in his debut season under then-manager Owen Coyle.
Since then the team has struggled for four seasons and have failed to reach in top 4 and will be eager to change their fate in the ongoing season.
“Yeah, it’s difficult, but you have to adjust to what the manager or what the coach wants. Because in this profession, you have to be ready, whatever the situation is and you have to adapt yourself, because that’s how you can do better,” Edwin said.
“The new coach Bandovich wants to have a perfect balance in attack and defence as well. We all players encourage these kinds of tactics. It’s very useful for the club – to manage attack and defence at the same time.”
“It is very difficult to tell which coach is very difficult for me to adapt to, but everyone has different thoughts, and each coach I have played with has been very good with a positive mentality,” he added
When asked about his tactical plans which he didn’t disclose but said that his side will aim to win their third ISL title this year.
“I don’t want to talk much about the formation stuff because it’s up to the coach. So as a player, like I said, we have a balance …. in attack and defence, so when it comes like a formation, uh, people think we just only want to play attacking football (which is not true). We have a perfect shape in defense as well,” he said.
The ongoing season of ISL is played behind closed doors in Goa where 11 franchises will be competing for the next ISL title.