Indian Super League 2018-19



  • goalkeepargoalkeepar Turkish occupied Cyprus29264 Points
    Scared of Goa away fans 
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India29661 Points

    Data check: Form favours FC Goa but Bengaluru possess psychological edge in ISL final

    If there were two teams had had to make the Indian Super League finals taking the numbers in account, it had to be Bengaluru FC and FC Goa.

    Separated by goal difference after finishing as the top two sides in the table, the two have been a force to reckon with. If last season’s attacking exploits were not enough, the Gaurs have netted a staggering tally of 42 goals.The Blues, led by the pragmatic Carles Cuadrat are second with 35 goals to their name.
    After that gut-wrenching night at Fatorda Stadium in 2015, where Chennaiyin’s Steven Mendoza shattered many Goan hearts, Sergio Lobera’s side now have a chance to write their name into the history books once again.

    Bengaluru will have another shot at redemption, having lost a dramatic final last year a whisker despite topping the league table. With a shot at glory, both teams will be gunning for the coveted trophy, come Sunday.

     Bengaluru FC
    FC Goa
    Clean sheets68
    Top scorer
    Sunil Chhetri  (9 goals)
    Ferran Corominas (16 goals)
    Highest assists
    Xisco Hernandez (5)
    Ferran Corominas (7)
    Highest saves
    Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (59) 
    Mohammad Nawaz (35)
    Highest passes
    Dimas Delgado (1025)
    Ahmed Jahouh (1394)
    Highest interceptions
    Rahul Bheke (24)
    Ahmed Jahouh (33)

    Style of play

    With two Spanish masterminds having worked with Barcelona’s youth set-up before, Goa’s template has been the same from last season: Keep the ball, play out from the back and attack relentlessly. Lenny Rodrigues and Ahmed Jahouh’s midfield partnership has been influential for the Goans, and has helped them make use of the wide areas and create chances in the final third. That explains why no other side has scored more goals from crosses than Goa (16).

    Similarly, Bengaluru like to dominate play in the middle of the park, where the likes of Xisco Hernandez and Dimas Delgado hold the key. With players technically good and confident on the ball, Cuadrat favours tweaking his formation depending on the opposition, and need of the situation.

    Image credit ISL
    Image credit: ISL

    Both teams love to play on the front foot and getting that early goal has played a huge part in their victories. Goa have managed to win all their games this season after grabbing the opening goal while Bengaluru have ended up on the losing side only after being in a similar situation.ADVERTISEMENT

    Psychological advantage for the Blues?

    Bengaluru have already done the double over Goa this season and with the likes of Miku and Chhetri finding their rhythm at the right time, Sunday possesses the biggest test for the Goan defence, led by Mourtada Fall. Although the 2015 finallists may possess a stronger bench depth as compared to their counterparts, Cuadrat has smartly managed the workload of his key personnel towards the end of the season, which could have a telling impact in the final.

    As for Lobera, Bengaluru are already favourites for the final. “I think after 180 minutes, whoever is in the final is because they deserve to be there,” the Spaniard said.

    “Both teams have done well all through the season and in the final, we can show the supporters a great show and hopefully we can bring back the trophy. To be honest I am a very ambitious coach. I am still to recover from the [reverses] two games against Bengaluru and wanted to face them in the final. I consider Bengaluru as the favourite,” he added.

  • DEFENCE123DEFENCE123 India657 Points
    More than 2,000 Goa fans were not able to get tickets for the final. ISL made huge mistake in keeping final in MUmbai
  • munna219777munna219777 28510 Points
    All owners, fake owners, celebrities,  live in Mumbai. It is easier & cost effective for them to attend.

  • mohammed_87hassanmohammed_87hassan Sumeet Passin FC Jupiter10448 Points
    Pradhyum Reddy was the main reason why FCPC actually had a steady rise 

    He came in changed the formation, changed their approach brought in Robin Singh and gave them a steady rise from the disaster of Miguel Portugal.

    Phil Brown came in and had everything set for him. He hardly changed any personal or style. I doubt he would have had the same success if he took over directly from Portugal.
    [Deleted User]BrainFallINDIAgoalkeeparkartik91
  • mohammed_87hassanmohammed_87hassan Sumeet Passin FC Jupiter10448 Points
    KBFC haven't changed their approach 

    There agent in milking money selling them their players and coaches. 
  • for the last time this season 

  • SoccerloverSoccerlover 3434 Points
    Why is BFC sporting 2 stars on their jersey where their team logo is appearing! ?
  • NagendraNagendra Rajahmundry, A.P6501 Points
    boring game... it doesn't look like a final match... Goa a bit better than BFC...
  • EastBengalPrideEastBengalPride India9297 Points
    Less than 8k people in stadium, sleepy football, old players, yep this definitely is the future of Indian football! Shit league should be dissolved, hasn't everyone lost enough money on this crap already?
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