V Soundararajan's Chennai City FC were thrashed 3-0 by Indian Arrows in Goa in their opening game of I-League 2017. A brace from Aniket Jadhav and a solitary strike from Boris Singh in the dying minutes of the game heaped misery on Soundararajan's men.
Soundararajan did not hide his disappointment with his foreign recruits at the post-match press conference.
"Our foreigners did not do well. I was expecting a lot from the two strikers. If we played 4-4-1-1 with Lucky (Kelechukwu) behind the striker then maybe we would have fared better," quipped a frustrated Soundararajan.
The veteran coach was full of praise for the young Arrows side and acknowledged their superiority on the pitch.
"They (Indian Arrows) played better. Their ball possession is fantastic. They held the ball in the midfield. The wing backs and two centre-backs also did well," said Soundararajan.
But Soundararajan sounded upbeat about his team's chances as the league progresses and brushed away any cause for concern as it was their maiden match of a long campaign.
"This is our first match. So it's okay. The team is not yet settled. I think we took the match too easy. We had a few chances in the first half that we missed. If we scored every goal from our opportunities then it would have been easy for us."
Chennai City will now face Gokulam Kerala FC on December 4th at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode.