NorthEast United failed to keep their winning run going after a resurgent win against Delhi in the last game as they went down 1-0 to Bengaluru FC in Guwahati. The Highlanders would need to take a hard look at themselves after they got numerous chances to equalize and perhaps even win the game.
Defence continues to be the biggest chink in NorthEast United’s armour
TP Rehnesh, who was NorthEast’s hero last game was at fault here, an overweight flat pass to Goncalves fell at the feet of Udanta Singh who was lurking behind the centre-half. However, the Highlanders’ defensive problems are much more fundamental than just a goalkeeping blunder, which lies with their centre-halves Sambinha and Goncalves.
Both centre-backs are superior athletically and quite understandably it suits NorthEast’s
All of these attacks came mainly from the hosts getting outrun in awkward positions by forwards time and again and though the defensive duo would boast of 13 clearances and 2 clearances, they are hardly going to help NorthEast improve at the back this season.
NorthEast United’s attack back to square one
The Highlanders were
Quite expectantly, NorthEast
The first real chance came in the 34th minute when Marcinho and Lopes combined well before the striker miscued his shot wide of the goal with no pressure whatsoever. And it has been the story of the game throughout. Whether it was two very close attempts by their No.10 in the first-half, or Narzary’s
Erik Paartalu is definitely turning out to be the buy of the season. The towering midfielder plays the crucial role of knitting together a Bengaluru side, which is comprised of offensive-minded individuals who look to take their chances from the very first whistle. Bengaluru
And it is Paartalu who ensures that their attacking midfielders
Against a meek defence like that of NorthEast, Bengaluru threw bodies up at every chance they got, which demanded their full-backs Harmanjot Khabra and Subhasish Bose to play as wingers more often. Paartalu had to fall back in those spaces time and again as he single-handedly stopped numerous attacks before it could develop. Having a passing accuracy of 75%, the Australian made 3 interceptions and the same number of blocks apart from creating many half-chances that died down due to the forwards’ sloppiness.