Here are the five players from Chennaiyin FC’s club’s history.
It’s been exactly five years since Chennaiyin FC was formed following a suggestion drop for a Bengaluru based club. It is owned by MS Dhoni, Abhishek Bachchan, and Vita Dani – who have matched the expectations after establishing the first football club in Tamil Nadu after the establishment of Chennai City FC. They were beforehand known as Nehru FC.
The Blues have seen both good and hard times. The club boasts the record two Indian Super League trophies, while securing a paltry single-digit points tally in a single ISL campaign, which is the least points gathered by any side in the tournament history. They even qualified for the AFC Cup, but couldn’t break into the knockout stages of the tournament.
Even though there was collective hard work from every single player who have donned the famous blue shirt, we shall look at five best ones from that list over the last few years.
#5 Henrique Sereno:
Henrique Sereno plied his trade with Chennaiyin FC only for a season, but his absence in the backline has caused sudden calamity. His partnership with Mailson Alves worked wonders until the Portuguese defender decided not to re-sign with the two-time Champions.
The Blues finished second to Bengaluru FC in the Group stages, but performed when it really mattered in the playoffs. Before conceding just 19 goals in the league stages, they breezed past FC Goa in the last four, followed by a stellar display against Bengaluru at their own backyard in the finals, clinching the second title in the club’s history.
Not only did Henrique Sereno get the timely interventions and tackles right, but his aerial prowess from the corners and free-kicks caused havoc and changed the course of the games frequently. He scored some important goals, helping the club’s course to gain results over 18 games.
Longevity does play in selecting the club’s best players, but Sereno is arguably the best talented defender in Chennaiyin club’s history. The fact that his absence has stirred an enormous problem speaks volumes. New signings Lucian Goian and Misah Sainghani are left with a huge void to fill in the upcoming season.