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Chennaiyin FC in ISL 2016: Coach Marco Materazzi's gameplan a mystery that needs solving

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.

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ISL 2016: Seven takeaways from FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC's 9-goal humdinger

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.

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin FC's fragile defence negates agile attack in draw against Northeast United

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.

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin FC’s insipid attack, misfortune hand them first-ever loss to Mumbai City FC

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.

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin's tenacity, Atletico de Kolkata’s pressing game yield pulsating draw

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.

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ISL 2016: Clinical Chennaiyin FC earn first win in six matches to get campaign back on track

That Chennaiyin FC's win came without conceding against the best away team so far was even more special.

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin FC dominate Kerala Blasters, but misfiring strikers, weak defence cost team

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

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin FC's collective failure, bizarre tactical decisions round off deserved loss

A collective shambolic performance from Chennaiyin FC bought them a deserved defeat for the second time this ISL, against the Delhi Dynamos.

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ISL 2016: At half-way stage, Chennaiyin FC are still searching for best combination

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.

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin FC, Kerala Blasters lack desire, finishing quality in stalemate

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

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin FC's variety in attack stood out against FC Pune City

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.

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin FC's solid defence big reason behind first ever triumph over NorthEast United

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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ISL 2016 season sees goals and fouls galore: Key talking points from the first three rounds

The Indian Super League is nearly a fortnight old, and we've had our first and second looks — in some cases, even third looks — at all eight sides. With initial trends beginning to emerge, Firstpost takes a look at some of the key talking points from the first set of ISL 2016 matches

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin benefit as manager Materazzi rings in the changes, gets strategies spot-on

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

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin FC suffer defensive chaos, miss creativity in loss to Delhi Dynamos

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.

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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.

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Chennaiyin FC's ISL defence will rest on John Arne Riise, Jeje Lalpekhlua and Raphael Augusto

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

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ISL 2016: Chennaiyin will miss tireless John Stiven Mendoza in bid to retain hard-earned title

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

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A fairy-tale finish: How Chennaiyin FC rose from bottom of the table to ISL champions

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

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ISL semis: From Atletico's game plan to Chennaiyin's momentum, here are 10 talking points

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.