Vastavam web: Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory today said the team had a good pre-season ahead of the fourth season of Indian Super League adding the first target will be to make the play-offs.”The pre-season has been very good. But it is all about what happens on Sunday. We always set targets that are reachable. The first target is a position in the play-offs,” he said at a press meet here, referring to the team’s first game against FC Goa on November 19 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
He said the weather in Chennai, which has received rains in the past few weeks made it difficult to train and the team spent a week in Pune, where facilities were excellent.”When we got together some six weeks ago, November 19 seemed a long way ahead of us. We had suffered a little bit because of the weather here in Chennai. We spent over a week in Pune, because of the slightly better weather and training facilities. It has been a great pre-season for us,” he said.
He also said the team had played a pre-season game against another ISL outfit FC Pune City a few days ago, which finished 2-2.”We played against Pune City a few days ago. It was a pre-season game offered to us. I was a little nervous about playing against them ahead of the tournament. At the end of the day it was important to play. Obviously, we got the chance to use very good facilities. We finished 2-2. We certainly got a lot out of it,” Gregory said.The former England player said he was happy with the group of players Chennaiyin had and there was a balance to it.”I’m following a legend (Marco Materazzi) here. He is a tough act to follow and we hope to have a good season. It was a bad year last for our club. But we set such high standards in the first and second years. It was disappointing to finish 7th,” he said.
He also said it was up to local Dhanapal Ganesh to prove his abilities and win a spot in the squad.”Ganesh is local boy, he has to fight for a place in the team. It is up to him to earn a spot in the starting XI.””Last year I didn’t get chance to play. This year my aim is to play in the XI. I have worked a lot, lets see,” he said.Meanwhile, the team today announced Apollo Tyres as its main sponsor for ISL-4.