Indian Super League

Chennaiyin FC’s versatile unit gives them an edge ahead of ISL semi-final against FC Goa

Coach John Gregory has already used 24 of his 25 registered players and 11 different players have scored for them this season.

If you look at the attacking prowess of teams in the semi-finals of Indian Super League, Chennaiyin FC wouldn’t scare anyone.

The Super Machans have scored just 24 goals during the league phase, a far cry from the goals scored by FC Goa (42), Bengaluru FC (35) and even FC Pune City (30).

But Chennaiyin FC boast of probably the most versatile unit, with goalscorers from all over the pitch. In fact, 11 different players have scored for them this season, an achievement no other team can boost off.

Unlike teams like FC Goa who depend overwhelmingly on the Spanish combination of Ferran Corominas and Manuel Lanzarote who have scored 30 goals or Marcelinho and Emiliano Alfaro at Pune City or Miku and Sunil Chhetri at Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC have shown during the league stage that they have had players rising to the occasion every time the team needed.

“We have goals coming from all around the team. When the attackers have not been able to get the goals, players from other parts of the pitch have contributed,” said Jeje ahead of the crucial semi-final game against FC Goa.

“We have had (Henrique) Sereno headed in the winner against Pune and Dhanpal (Ganesh) did the same against BFC. Inigo (Calderon) and Mailson (Alves) has also chipped in.

“Similarly Raphael Augusto, Rene Mihelic, Mohammed Rafi, Gregory Nelcon, Francis Fernandes and Anirudha Thapa have also added their names to the long list of scorers for the club,” explained the Mizoram striker, who himself has scored seven goals till now for the club.

Coach John Gregory has already used 24 of his 25 registered players. “I’ve even had problems choosing players for the bench. It’s a testament to the way we look after our players with games coming thick and fast,” he said.

Only third goalkeeper Shahin Lal Meloli has not debuted for Chennaiyin this season.
“We monitor their bodies and everything always. We know what condition our players are in. When we had the opportunity to rest them, we did that,” he added.

Chennayin have been shut out only in two games this season - a 1-0 loss to Mumbai City away and a goalless draw away to Kerala Blasters.

Interestingly, Chennaiyin have scored a fair chunk of their goals in the final 15 minutes. Eleven of their 24 goals have come after 75 minutes which highlights the fact that Gregory’s outfit is one of the fittest in the league.

Going into the semi-final against rivals FC Goa, Gregory will be confident. He knows that he has a team that can maintain energy levels for the entire 90 minutes and have goalscorers all over the pitch.

With inputs from PTI

Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

A special shade of blue inspired these musicians to create a musical piece

Thanks to an interesting neurological condition called synesthesia.

On certain forums on the Internet, heated discussions revolve around the colour of number 9 or the sound of strawberry cupcake. And most forum members mount a passionate defence of their points of view on these topics. These posts provide insight into a lesser known, but well-documented, sensory condition called synesthesia - simply described as the cross wiring of the senses.

Synesthetes can ‘see’ music, ‘taste’ paintings, ‘hear’ emotions...and experience other sensory combinations based on their type. If this seems confusing, just pay some attention to our everyday language. It’s riddled with synesthesia-like metaphors - ‘to go green with envy’, ‘to leave a bad taste in one’s mouth’, ‘loud colours’, ‘sweet smells’ and so on.

Synesthesia is a deeply individual experience for those who have it and differs from person to person. About 80 different types of synesthesia have been discovered so far. Some synesthetes even have multiple types, making their inner experience far richer than most can imagine.

Most synesthetes vehemently maintain that they don’t consider their synesthesia to be problem that needs to be fixed. Indeed, synesthesia isn’t classified as a disorder, but only a neurological condition - one that scientists say may even confer cognitive benefits, chief among them being a heightened sense of creativity.

Pop culture has celebrated synesthetic minds for centuries. Synesthetic musicians, writers, artists and even scientists have produced a body of work that still inspires. Indeed, synesthetes often gravitate towards the arts. Eduardo is a Canadian violinist who has synesthesia. He’s, in fact, so obsessed with it that he even went on to do a doctoral thesis on the subject. Eduardo has also authored a children’s book meant to encourage latent creativity, and synesthesia, in children.

Litsa, a British violinist, sees splashes of paint when she hears music. For her, the note G is green; she can’t separate the two. She considers synesthesia to be a fundamental part of her vocation. Samara echoes the sentiment. A talented cellist from London, Samara can’t quite quantify the effect of synesthesia on her music, for she has never known a life without it. Like most synesthetes, the discovery of synesthesia for Samara was really the realisation that other people didn’t experience the world the way she did.

Eduardo, Litsa and Samara got together to make music guided by their synesthesia. They were invited by Maruti NEXA to interpret their new automotive colour - NEXA Blue. The signature shade represents the brand’s spirit of innovation and draws on the legacy of blue as the colour that has inspired innovation and creativity in art, science and culture for centuries.

Each musician, like a true synesthete, came up with a different note to represent the colour. NEXA roped in Indraneel, a composer, to tie these notes together into a harmonious composition. The video below shows how Sound of NEXA Blue was conceived.

Play

You can watch Eduardo, Litsa and Samara play the entire Sound of NEXA Blue composition in the video below.

Play

To know more about NEXA Blue and how the brand constantly strives to bring something exclusive and innovative to its customers, click here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of NEXA and not by the Scroll editorial team.