First target to make play-offs: Chennaiyin FC coach Gregory
Chennai: Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory on Thursday said the team had a good pre-season ahead of the fourth season of Indian Super League adding the first target will be to make the play-offs.
"The pre-season has been very good. But it is all about what happens on Sunday. We always set targets that are reachable. The first target is a position in the play-offs," he said at a press meet here, referring to the team's first game against FC Goa on November 19 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
"I have got a fantastic group of players. It takes a few weeks to get a good understanding on the field. We have been working hard and played a lot of matches. Results don't mean a great deal. I learnt a lot from the matches that we played in. All starts on Sunday. That is when it matters," he added.
He said the weather in Chennai, which has received rains in the past few weeks made it difficult to train and the team spent a week in Pune, where facilities were excellent.
"When we got together some six weeks ago, November 19 seemed a long way ahead of us. We had suffered a little bit because of the weather here in Chennai. We spent over a week in Pune, because of the slightly better weather and training facilities. It has been a great pre-season for us," he said.
The Chennaiyin FC coach said the pre-season training had offered an opportunity for him to get to know the players and also tell them what the goal was.