Whisper it… but Chennaiyin FC (CFC) has been among the best team in the Indian Super League (ISL) this season. However, the points table at the halfway stage will suggest otherwise. Chennaiyin is eighth on the table with 11 points from 10 matches and is winless in its last four. It averages 50 per cent possession per game, most touches in the opposition box (223) and has had 102 shots (3rd best) overall but with a conversion rate of under 6% (11th). It is also the only team yet to hit double figures in the goals scored column.


To make a defence for the two-time ISL champion, it has the third-best defensive record, behind the top two sides, Mumbai City FC and ATK Mohun Bagan. It has one of the best tactical operators in head coach Csaba Laszlo, who could have had convincing victories over Mumbai City and ATKMB, if it weren’t for poor finishing from his players. In all of…

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