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Probable Line-up Of Chennai City FC For I-League 2017-18

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How Chennai City FC would line-up for the 2017-18 I-League Campaign?

The 11th edition of I-League is set to start its new campaign in Coimbatore for the first time, as Chennai City FC had moved its base to Coimbatore. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore will be the Home Stadium of CCFC.

Football was once the most sought-after sport in Coimbatore. Fans from in and around the region and from the neighbouring States of Kerala and Karnataka used to throng the Nehru Stadium just to have a glimpse of their favourite stars in action.
From being the most popular, the sport has now sort of faded away. CCFC’s entry into Coimbatore has now given the sport that extra flip. The team chose the City with the hope of bringing back the fans and with it the lost glory.

It was not an easy task though for the team. It had to cough up quite a few crores just for bringing back the weary-looking Nehru Stadium to life. The renovation work, such as laying the grass, setting up media boxes, doping control and dressing rooms, are on at full throttle and it is expected to be ready before mid-December. And the management also had informed to AIFF, So that CCFC wil play its first Home Game on 23rd December 2017 vs Kingfisher East Bengal.

Pre-Season
Chennai City FC played two matches against Bengaluru FC and Bengaluru FC Residential Academy. They drew the first match 2-2 against the ISL club and had loss the second match as 6-1.

Chennai City FC
The Squad
GoalKeeper
Vicky, Uros. P
Defenders
D Ravanan, J Clemente, V Shumeyko, Gurpreet Singh, H. Monsang, Clintu C.
Midfielders
Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Michael Regin, Michael Soosairaj (C), A Beautin, Rajapandi, Baafi Jackson kwabena, C.Anandraj.
Forwards
Ildar Amirov, Pandian, Alexander Romario, Michael Lucky Kelechukwu, Joachim.

Strength
75 % of players are from Tamil Nadu, this is the biggest positive think and the CCFC owner Rohit Ramesh had also stated during the launch in Coimbatore our motive is to promote Football in Tamil Nadu and bring young talents from Tamil Nadu.
Chennai City’s strengths lie in their young talents running down the wings. Last season, it was Nandhakumar and Soosairaj who ran the show for the newcomers. One of the most underrated elements of the team was the partnership between Ravanan and Celestine at the back which enabled them to keep a lot of opposition at bay at home. In order to have a successful season, it is extremely vital for the team to play to their strengths and that is to defend with utmost patience and discipline and hit teams on the counter.
Three players, Soosairaj, Edwin and Beautin travelled to Finland as a part of their partnership deal with JS Hercules earlier this year.

Weakness
Still some of the foreign players had not joined the squad and the club has failed to renew the contact with Charles D’Souza. Charles was the CCFC’s top scorer with four goals and he was relentless in putting pressure on the opponent’s centre-backs. He moved to East Bengal this season.

Formation
The Head Coach Soundarrajan will always choose the formation 4-4-1-1 or 4-5-1. Last season the team had played in this format only, where Charles would play upfront and Marcus Tank would play right behind him as the shadow striker. This season looks like they have their strength in the midfield and the coach will be fielding a 4-5-1 formation. The wingers M. Lucky and Soosairaj will look to capitalise on their pace and feed Joachim, their new star striker who was brought in to replace Charles.