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ISL 2019-20 | Best XI after Game-Week 2

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ISL 2019-20 | Best XI after Game-Week 2

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SportsCafe Desk

11/15/2019

The Indian Super League has completed its second game week with every team completing four games each and ATK are top of the table while Chennaiyin FC continue their horror show to sit at the bottom. Let's take a look at the best XI from the last set if games played from October 30 - November 10.

Goalkeeper

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu - Bengaluru FC

The number one goalkeeper in India helped defending champions Bengaluru FC to be in a stable position at the table. When the Blues struggled to score in the front, the towering custodian ensured a good show at the back to seal two crucial clean sheets against in-form Jamshedpur and desperate Chennaiyin. The Indian team goalkeeper has made 5 saves and 8 clearances at the Bengaluru goal front in the two games.

Defenders

Carlos Pena - FC Goa

Under coach Sergio Lobera, the Spanish defender enjoys a solid partnership with his Senegalese counterpart Mourtada Fall. Pena with his vast experience from Spain is a key player at Goa. The former Barcelona B player also performs well in the attacking third along with the wings and the veteran defender even scored a goal against Mumbai City with a cheeky finish. He made as many as 15 clearances at the back in the two games and his passing accuracy of 88% is the icing on the cake.

Agustin Iniguez - ATK

The Spanish defender has joined ATK this season and the former Real Madrid B player is a rock at the ATK defence under Antonio Habas. The rock-solid defender has ensured a clean sheet against Chennaiyin with 10 clearances at the back and his standout performance came against a strong Jamshedpur FC with a whooping 23 clearances at the back. He also supports his Indian counterparts Anas Edathodika and Pritam Kotal at the Kolkatan defence. John Johnson could see the bench for some time now.

Harmanjot Khabra - Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru coach Carles Cuadrat has stated that he is happy to deploy Khabra in any position. The hardcore player can play as a right-back and a central midfielder, whenever necessary. Khabra was crucial in the two clean sheets Bengaluru FC got as he made 6 clearances and 5 interceptions with a passing accuracy of around 80%. He was in fine form in the absence of experienced and injured defender Albert Serran.

Midfielders

Erik Paartalu - Bengaluru FC

It was an unfamiliar sight for champions Bengaluru, as they had three consecutive draws where they could score only one goal in those games. However, with the return of Australian midfielder Erik Paartalu from injury, Carles Cuadrat's men had a different dimension as they thrashed Chennaiyin. Paartalu scored a brilliant header goal to open the scoring and also assisted Semboi Haokip in the late minutes. The veteran controlled the game with his excellent passing accuracy of 85% and also created three chances.

Lenny Rodriguez - FC Goa

Lenny Rodriguez is one of the best defensive midfielders in ISL. The unsung hero has previously played for Bengaluru and Pune City. The Goan player formed a brilliant partnership with Ahmed Jahouh in the Goan midfield to control the game. He scored a brilliant goal against Mumbai City FCm when FC Goa were finding it difficult to unlock their defence. Moreover, he has excellent defensive attributes with nine interceptions in two games and a passing accuracy of 85%.

Rahul KP - Kerala Blasters FC

19-year-old Rahul KP so far has shown huge maturity for Kerala Blasters. The southern side is struggling with injuries and the under-17 Indian World Cupper raised his standard where coach Eelco Schattorie wanted. Moreover, he scored a brilliant goal against Hyderabad FC as well, albeit in a losing cause.

Marko Stankovic - Hyderabad FC

For an injury-plagued side like Hyderabad FC, who is missing most of their foreign signings, Austrian Marko Stankovic is a lifeline. The midfielder has been lively around the pitch in his two games and further converted a crucial penalty against Kerala Blasters, which was essential for their first-ever win. Stankovic and Marcelino are the only players at Phil Brown's disposal, who can wreck damage. Stankovic is also a workaholic box to box player with 15 clearances and 6 shots in two games. 

Hugo Boumous - FC Goa

The French-Moroccan player in his second season in India missed the first two games due to an injury. He returned to the Sergio Lobera-coached side with two consecutive goals against NorthEast United and Mumbai City. The midfielder is a crucial playmaker for the Gaurs and was lively in the midfield in the absence of experienced foreigner Edu Bedia. His placement behind talisman Coro eases the pressure for both players.

Forwards

Roy Krishna - ATK

Fijian Roy Krishna was a top scorer in the Australian A-League last season and has arrived as one of the biggest signings this ISL. In the previous game weeks, however, his former A-League partner David Williams had stolen the show for ATK. However, with a strong performance against Jamshedpur in Kolkata on harsh weather conditions, he overcame a highly physical battle to win two penalties and convert the same. Moreover, he provided a beautiful assist to Edu Garcia for a goal to seal the game for ATK against the Men of Steel. His telepathic understanding with David Williams is a treat to watch.

Aridane Santana - Odisha FC

Aridane Santana is a revelation for Josep Gombau coached Odisha, as he scored two goals and contributed with an assist for their first win of the season against Mumbai City in Mumbai. The Spaniard, who has played in lower divisions in Spain, is a keyman in Odisha and his absence was evident against a depleted Kerala Blasters side as Odisha could not create chances up front. Sanatana was injured in a serious head collision in the game.

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