Much like the previous seasons, two-time Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) champion Chennaiyin FC starts the new campaign as a dark horse. A mid-season managerial change last season played its part in turning around a dismal start as the club finished as the runner-up.

Chennaiyin couldn’t retain the services of head coach Owen Coyle and replaced him with Romanian Csaba Laszlo, who is coaching in Asia for the first time.

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The club was a slow mover in the transfer market with its overseas signings and is the only one in the ISL not to have a Spaniard or Australian national in its squad.

Instead, Chennaiyin has struck with its tried-and-tested approach of signing mid-tier but proven Brazilian and East European players. With the competition getting stronger over the off-season, a tilt at the title may be…

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