It was a disappointing debut season for FC Pune City in the inaugural season of Indian Super League as the Punekars failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the ISL. Pune City only needed just four points from fixtures against Delhi Dynamos and Kerala Blasters but after losing both the games the Orange and Purple outfit were knocked out of the competition.
Kostas Katsouranis– The Greek International was undoubtedly the best player for Pune City in Indian Super League. Katsouranis scored 4 goals out of the total 12 scored by the team in 14 appearances; he also made 2 assists and had 21 shots on goal.
Arindam Bhattacharya – Indian International goalkeeper had a tough time this season after making 32 saves from the 43 shots he faced. Arindam let 11 goals past him but also managed to save 3 clean sheets.
Players who disappointed
Pune suffered heavy defeats in the whole season conceding 5 goals against Mumbai City, 3 goals against Chennaiyin and 2 versus Kerala Blasters and Goa. The defence was unable to control the oppositions attack in most of these matches, the Punekars back line was very vulnerable and easy to break down and the goal by Chennaiyin FC’s Bruno Pelissari which saw him scoring of a deflection made the defence look like a mere spectator. Cirillo and other company in the back weren’t tight enough to control the attack in these matches.
Marquee signing rating: 5/10
Pune City’s marquee player was French Striker David Trezeguet. The 2 time World Cup winner was one of the star signings of the Indian Super League. The former Juventus striker was hoped to boost the squad with his valuable experience but didn’t performed to the expectation. Trezeguet scored twice for the Punekars in the 9 appearances and wasn’t available for the much of the season.
What went wrong?
Vulnerability in the back, inconsistency in form, defeat in away games and injury crisis are some of the reasons which saw a very disappointing start of Pune City in ISL. Pune only managed to grab 16 points in the 14 games they played with winning only 4 and loosing 6 games. The Orange and Purple outfit lost their first home match to Kerala Blasters and drew their next two home games to Cheannaiyin and Atletico De Kolkata. Pune only had to get 4 points to qualify for the semi’s in the next two matches against Delhi and Kerala but lost both the games and also their chances to go in semi’s.
Areas of improvement
The Orange and Purple outfit was able to save 5 clean sheets but lost 6 games also with conceding 10 goals in just three matches. The back line of Pune City is the one of the major areas which needs improvement and manager Franco Colomba should try to eliminate the problems and strengthen the defence of the Punekars.
FC Pune City – Underachievers of ISL
FC Pune City was the underachiever of the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. The Orange and Purple outfit were only able to achieve 16 points from the 14 games which is a failure for a team with so much strength. They ended the campaign on disappointing 4 points from the possible 18 and this shows how poor Punekar’s performed.
Pic courtesy – ISL official website