It was a night to remember for Delhi Dynamos as they produced a brilliant performance to defeat defending champions Chennaiyin FC 4-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) on Wednesday. The win was their third on the trot and the hosts moved to the top spot with 16 points.
It was another sleek performance by the Dynamos as they maintained their record of scoring the most number of goals this season (16 in 9 matches) and it was mainly due to their 4-1-4-1 team formation, which has been a personal favourite with manager Gianluca Zambrotta this season.
Talking at the post-match press conference, Zambrotta said, “We had a great game tonight and I would like to congratulate the players on their performance. However, we cannot get complacent at this stage of the tournament and we need to stay focused in order to reach the play-offs.”
Marcelinho and Kean Lewis were deployed on the wings and Richard Gadze acted as a lone striker with Florent Malouda playing in a supporting role. It provided the team with extra width on the field and it also turned out to be the masterstroke as the hosts were able to control the game in the midfield.
The opening goal came quite early as Chennaiyin FC goalkeeper Karanjit Singh was unable to hold on to a long range shot from Malouda and Gadze was there to tap the rebound into the empty net. It did not take time for Gadze to return the favour as he provided a brilliant assist for Malouda to give the hosts a comfortable 2-0 lead within the first 25 minutes.
The visitors did not lose heart and a burst of brilliance from skipper Bernard Mendy resulted in their only goal in the 37th minute. The former Paris Saint Germain (PSG) defender made a great run down the middle and his shot proved too powerful for Dynamos keeper Toni Doblas.
The hopes of a comeback were extinguished in the second half as Kean Lewis scored in the 54th minute and a late goal from Malouda capped off a memorable outing for Dynamos.
Chennaiyin FC assistant coach Syed Sabir Pasha was disappointed with his team’s performance on the night and said, “We got our tactics correct, but the players were not able to deliver. The team gave away two quick goals at the start of the game and they were not able to recover from that setback.”