Chennaiyin FC had to settle for a point against Bengaluru FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Sunday after a hard-fought battle which saw plenty of chances for both sides, particularly in the second half, but no goals. The point keeps Chennaiyin FC in fifth position in the Indian Super League 2019-20 table with 22 points from 15 matches.
Coyle then, pointed to the absence of Anirudh Thapa and Germanpreet Singh as a key reason behind his team’s slightly rusty display on the night. He said, “We probably lost a little bit of fluency given that Thapa was suspended and Germanpreet was injured. So, I had to sacrifice Andre (Schembri) and bring an extra midfielder. So, we lost a bit of continuity and attacking verve. We were always in control of the match. But a draw was probably fair. It might turn out to be an important point at the end of the season.”
The 53-year-old also shared his delight after seeing his team earn a rare clean sheet. “It’s always great to get a shutout. The disappointment is that we never scored at the other end. I think part of that had to do with the change in personnel. That being said, it could be a very, very important point,” Coyle commented.
With regards to the performance of midfielder Masih Saighani, the Chennaiyin boss opined, “I think he grew into the game. And it was always a plan that we were only going to get 60 minutes from him, because he hadn’t played week in, week out. So, I think he tried his very best. It was always a plan for him to play 60 minutes, which he did.”