After two long and enduring months of the Indian Super League, the struggling teams have now started gaining momentum while the consistent ones have fumbled occasionally. This could mainly be credited to some prolific solo displays who are featuring in our best combined eleven after phase three.
Amrinder Singh - While Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is definitely running away with the golden glove award after the first three phases of the season, the India No. 1 cannot take credit for his role especially given the system he plays in. The Mumbai FC custodian, on the other hand, has been the club’s lynchpin with his tremendous consistency and presence inside the box especially, with Jorge Costa’s defence first instructions. Sitting behind a setup that is primarily designed to score on the counter and Amrinder’s reflexes and composed ball collection and distribution is extremely important for Mumbai, and the fact that Mumbai
John Johnson- Bengaluru FC have easily been the best side this season defensively in terms of conceding goals (8), and the team following them closely is ATK (11). Steve Coppell was always going to excel in this scenario and there has been no doubt that John Johnson is his main general. He has started all the games for the two-time champions with his defensive partner changing from Gerson Viera to Andre Bikey, but his role hasn’t changed. Johnson does pretty much everything for ATK that is possible from a
Lucian Goian- Goian has easily become a legend for Mumbai City FC in the two seasons he has stayed with the club. From singing the Indian national anthem without faltering to saving the team from the deadliest of attacks, the Romanian international has been a heartthrob for the Islanders. After starting the season on a poor note, Goian has led the side by example, getting his last-ditch tackles always on point. His fearlessness has also rubbed off into his teammates, who now don’t think twice before putting their head into places where others would be scared to extend a leg. Playing alongside him, young Joyner
Rahul Bheke- Bengaluru FC’s deploying of
Subhashish Bose- At an age where most
Raphael Augusto- No matter how terribly Chennaiyin FC have been performing this season, the only reason they still have fans coming to watch games is Raphael Augusto. The Brazilian has the fastest feet in the league and some insane close ball control that enables him to go through every defender on is
Dimas Delgado- Bengaluru FC’s performance so far, has been a perfect example of team play. However,
Arnold Issoko- If one man can make a difference in an ISL season, it is Arnold
Carlos Calvo- Now, while many would point his diving antics to put him at fault, it is difficult to find a player who takes so much of burden to keep his team in front. The
Moudou Sougou- Now, this development was totally unseen by one and all. Mumbai City FC started scoring in numbers very late leaning mainly on small margin wins for a good chunk of four to five games. Moudou Sougou was their bulldog in all those games getting a scrappy goal on the counter every match that eventually took the side over the line. Hence, when Mumbai started scoring perfect counter attacking goals, Sougou was hardly expected to bring their movements to absolution. As the season has developed, the wayward looking forward has got more and more clinical with the full circle coming against Kerala Blasters in their latest match as Sougou drilled in four goals in the match.
Ferran Corominas- While Sougou’s rise to prominence was highly surprising, Corominas’ was equally foreseeable. The Spaniard looked to be in a close tussle with NorthEast United’s Bartholomew Ogbeche for the race of the golden boot with both FC Goa and NEUFC going through a rough patch in the recently concluded third phase, where goals came in with tremendous difficulty. However, it was the third last match before the international break where Goa showed their sublime scoring form with Coro leading the attack with his clinical form. Playing against an in-form NorthEast side, Coro could take three shots with two on target, with both
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