A handful of journalists had turned up for the pre-match press convention for the Chennaiyin FC versus Bengaluru FC match, what was speculated to be the marquee fixture within the Indian Tremendous League calendar.
The PC turned out to be a sombre, dreary affair – contemplating the respective league desk positions – resulting from exterior circumstances.
Chennaiyin supervisor John Gregory, as all the time, was on time for his transient and mentioned he want to get one over Bengaluru to reward their devoted supporters, who had caught by them throughout a torrid season.
However his counterpart, Carles Cuadrat, who was speculated to comply with him after 15 minutes, was nowhere to be seen. One hour become two, two become three, with no signal of the Spaniard or his entourage.
Cuadrat’s flight from Bengaluru was delayed by an hour, and his cab journey from the airport to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai might have appeared like simply one other day on the roads of Bengaluru, getting caught in site visitors resulting from a political rally in Saidapet.
The journalists current there, habitually, caught up with one another on their newest assignments, however with every passing hour, their persistence was carrying skinny. Edgy journalists stepped out within the meantime to catch some air (learn: cigarettes), whereas some selected to offer Cuadrat’s transient a miss. A member of Bengaluru’s media crew was always requested the ETA for his boss.
After practically three hours previous the scheduled time, the ever-charming Cuadrat walked in to the room and issued an apology and thanked the 4 scribes who remained for ready.
Apology accepted, Mr. Cuadrat, however please make your subsequent journey itinerary to Chennai with our deadlines in thoughts, too.
‘John Abraham, my champagne?’
Defending champion Chennaiyin FC ended Jamshedpur FC’s playoff hopes with a goalless draw that left the previous on the backside of the desk and enabled NorthEast United to seize the fourth and remaining playoff spot.
Speaking to reporters after the sport, Chennaiyin gaffer John Gregory mentioned he hoped to obtain a present from NorhtEast United proprietor and Bollywood star John Abraham.
“We by no means needed to disclaim a crew a chance to get into the playoffs. However I’m anticipating a case of champagne from John Abraham in per week with a thanks be aware. The 4 groups who’ve certified should get there. It’s an 18-game season and also you don’t get there with luck. NorthEast can now actually loosen up,” mentioned the Englishman.
From the excessive of profitable final season to ending at all-time low this season, Gregory, when requested what he would have carried out in another way, the previous Aston Villa boss merely quipped: “Every part.”
“It’s been horrendous for me, having to undergo among the defeats we have now suffered regardless of taking part in significantly properly in quite a lot of the video games. The opposition would rating with one shot and we’d not capitalise on our probabilities. It’s been arduous for me all through the entire season making an attempt to maintain all people motivated,” he mentioned.
He additionally added that he took full duty for the crew’s dismal marketing campaign. “Now we have ended up with Thoi Singh being our top-scorer, however you usually count on your forwards to be the goalscorer. Jeje (Lalpekhlua) had a troublesome time and I feel he has not had a break after taking part in loads. I take full duty for the consequence,” mentioned Gregory.
It seems just like the Chennaiyin supervisor might do with that case of champagne.