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Making playoffs prime target for new Chennaiyin coach Bandovic | Football News

Making playoffs prime target for new Chennaiyin coach Bandovic | Football News


CHENNAI: The ISL might still be at least three months away but new Chennaiyin FC coach Bozidar Bandovic has already started planning for the upcoming season. CFC had endured a horrible last season finishing eighth and Bandovic has set the primary target of making the playoffs for his team this season.
“The first step for us is to make the top four. We are planning to have our pre-season from end-September where I will prepare the team. Of course, Covid might spoil our schedule but the quality of training matters for me and not how long we train,” Bandovic told TOI in an interview.
The 51-year-old Bandovic has also prescribed how he wants his team to control games. He also emphasised on having an organised defence. “Result is very important to me but we need to play balanced football between attack and defence. We need to be disciplined too because scoring goals might win you matches but it’s conceding less goals which win you championships. But this doesn’t necessarily mean we will play defensive football. I want my players to control the game by maintaining possession. If you have the ball at your feet, the opposition will get frustrated and make mistakes. And we need to seize those chances,” he said.
CFC have retained midfielder Rafael Crivellaro as their only foreigner so far and are on the lookout for five more foreigners, including forwards. Bandovic said he is looking at players who have the ability to read the game. “We are looking for quality players who can read and understand the game and are agile. It will help them to make quick on-field decisions. Last season, the team struggled because of lack of good strikers and we are looking at forwards and centrebacks. But then we cannot depend on one player because football is a team game. We need to perform as a unit,” he asserted.
Bandovic, who is in Greece at present, had also worked with former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde when the latter was the coach of Olympiacos. Bandovic said he learnt to keep things simple from Valverde. “I worked with Valverde for many years. Reading the game, controlling the locker room and the big stars were his special qualities. I learnt how he resolved problems by planning in a simple way. Valverde always used to give attention to small details and I am of the same mould,” Bandovic concluded.

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