While the new-look Chennaiyin FC attack was anticipated to be the biggest stumbling block in defending the title, the defence was the one that took the kicking.
With not even the wooden spoon up for grabs, last year's ISL finalists Chennaiyin FC and FC Goa played out a nine game thriller in a no-holds-barred game at the Fatorda.
It was a perfect performance of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde from Chennaiyin FC as their attack worked sincerely to take the lead thrice. The defence along with the goalkeeper were the antidote for Northeast United FC as they conceded as many times.
Chennaiyin had never lost to Mumbai City FC in five games, but on Wednesday, were handed their first defeat against the table toppers in Mumbai. Chennaiyin FC may point to the referee on missing out on a penalty in the first half, but their aimless attack should also take the blame for the defeat.
In a match that was lively from the kickoff, Chennaiyin FC may not have been happy to come out with a draw against Atletico de Kolkata, having the lion's share of possession and a lot more clear-cut opportunities.
That Chennaiyin FC's win came without conceding against the best away team so far was even more special.
Kerala Blasters went from being a goal down to win by a flattering 3-1 scoreline. But they have their opponents Chennaiyin FC to thank for several generous gestures throughout the match
A collective shambolic performance from Chennaiyin FC bought them a deserved defeat for the second time this ISL, against the Delhi Dynamos.
Chennaiyin are in the mid-table obscurity currently, with four teams within a point of each other. With the top six too close to each other, and the bottom two still in contention, the second half of this season could provide a nerve wracking finish.
Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters FC clashed in a Diwali Derby in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2016, but while the entire country was being engulfed by fireworks, there weren't to be any on the pitch
There is no fixed pattern in Chennaiyin FC's attack. The goals have come from shots outside the box, a beautiful volley, a wonderful lob from a long punt from the defence, a couple of deflections and a couple of neat finishes.
What would be more heartening for the Chennaiyin camp is that David Succi is the fifth different goalscorer for the defending champions who have netted six times so far.
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Playing at their Marine Arena home, defending champions Chennaiyin put together a clinical performance to overcome Goa. Manager Marco Materazzi rung in four changes to his side, after having fielded pretty much the same XI in the first two games
Against Delhi Dynamos FC, Chennaiyin FC looked a pale shadow of the team that went toe to toe against Atletico de Kolkata four days back.
ISL 2016: Chennaiyin nearly get a lucky win over Atletico de Kolkata, but settle for a deserved draw
A game between Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata never fails to deliver entertainment value. What should have been a lucky win for Chennaiyin FC turned out to be a deserved draw on Sunday.
As Chennaiyin FC begin their Indian Super League (ISL) title defence, we look ahead to the holders' squad and identify three top players who will make all the difference
With several new faces joining the team, a lot of responsibility rests on the old faces if Chennayin are to repeat last season's heroics
Down and almost out after a string of losses midway through the tournament, Chennaiyin FC showed resilience to turn it around and seal the ISL Season 2 title
Atletico did a Chennaiyin this year by coming so close yet so far. They, like Chennaiyin last year, can walk with their head held high after fighting tooth and nail to stay in the competition.