ISL 2018-19: Chennaiyin's style of play will not change due to Dhanpal Ganesh's absence, says coach John Gregory

Bengaluru: Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory on Saturday said his team's style of play will not change due to Dhanpal Ganesh's absence this Indian Super League (ISL) season.

"Dhanpal has been good for us, both as an offensive and defensive player. His absence will be missed by the team, but we have a good replacement," he told reporters on the eve of ISL match between Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC.

Dhanpal Ganesh of Chennaiyin FC during match 41 of the Hero Indian Super League between Chennaiyin FC and Delhi Dynamos FC held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai India on the 7th January 2018 Photo by: Arjun Singh / ISL / SPORTZPICS

File image of Dhanpal Ganesh. ISL

"Hopefully, our style will not change that much and outcome will be good," he added.

Gregory said his players are not under any pressure either, but he would encourage them to enjoy the game.

"I have always encouraged my players to relax and just enjoy playing their football as much as they can and you enjoy it much more when you're winning matches and the rewards that come with it," he said.

Gregory said three of their foreign players are defenders and he would be making efforts to get into the team.

"We have also signed 5-6 Indian player who will challenge for places," he said.

Gregory said Chennaiyin were a sound defensive unit last year.

"Defensively we were always very sound last season. We are an organised team, an organised bunch who work hard for one another. The pre-requisite in every game is that you have to be prepared to work hard for 90 minutes and you don't let your teammates down," he said.

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Updated Date: Sep 29, 2018 20:40:24 IST

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