Indian Super League came to a spectacular end with Atletico De Kolkata crowned Champions after a nerve wrecking final against Kerala Blasters. This league has infused a new lease of life for all the stakeholders involved with Football in India. Whether it is a Brand considering a possibility of Sponsoring a Football Team or an Indian player building hope of playing abroad, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for the country touted as the sleeping giant of world football. With all the action we are here to quickly glance through the Indian Super League XI. We would like to adopt a 3-5-2 formation which will ensure high tempo approach in the squad with the one of the most celebrated Player and Manager, Zico holding the reins of the team.
Mr. Clean sheet in Goal
Jan Seda (ISL Club: FC Goa, Nationality: Czech Republic)
FC Goa was the second best team after league phase, finishing just one point behind Chennaiyin FC. Jan Seda was rock solid in his goal, with keeping the maximum number of clean sheets (Seven) in the league; he made 42 saves and was instrumental in Goa’s run to the semi-finals.
Rock Solid Central Defenders
Sandesh Jhingan (ISL Club: Kerala Blasters, Nationality: Indian), Arnab Mondal (ISL Club: Atletico De Kolkata, Nationality: Indian), Josemi (ISL Club: Atletico De Kolkata, Nationality: Spanish)
The trio commanding has been the most sought after defenders in ISL. Arnab Mondal and Josemi was a delight to watch as the pair was a regular starter at the heart of defense for Atletico De Kolkata. There is speculation about interest from Atletico Madrid for the Indian Defender. The third defender would be the emerging young player from ISL Sandesh Jhingan, his performances for Kerala Blasters have ensured that his team stayed on course for the finals and he was awarded the best young talent in the tournament.
Star studded midfield pulling the strings
Luis Garcia (ISL Club: Atletico De Kolkata, Nationality: Spanish), Elano Blumer (ISL Club: Chennaiyin FC, Nationality: Brazilian), Harmanjot Khabra (ISL Club: Chennaiyin FC, Nationality: Indian), Narayan Das (ISL Club: FC Goa, Nationality: Indian), Debabrata Roy (ISL Club: FC Goa, Nationality: Indian)
The star studded midfield will ensure versatility, creativity, defense and opportunity to contribute goals too. With the versatile Captain of East Bengal Harmanjot Khabra sitting in front of the central defenders will ensure that there is no threat to the backline. There would be continuous bombarding runs from Narayan Das and Debabrata Roy from both the flanks. Their endless energy will ensure that they can cover the length and breadth of the field and make telling crosses and feed the goal scorers. As shown for Atletico De Kolkata Captain Garcia will help in opening up opposition with his passing, on the other hand Elano Blumer the highest goal scorer in ISL (with eight goals) will ensure that he creates goals as well as join in the forward wherever possible to get on the score sheet himself.
Goal Poachers up Front
Iain Hume (ISL Club: Kerala Blasters, Nationality: Canadian), Jeje Lalpekhlua (ISL Club: Chennaiyin FC, Nationality: Indian)
Ian Hume might have never imagined that one day he will be playing at the south coast of India for Kerala Blasters. Not even did he set the team alight with his performances, he became a crowd favorite too and a role upfront with his work ethic and eye for the spectacular goal he will surely be a threat going forward. ISL‘s goal is to promote Indian football talent and one person who made the most of the opportunity was Jeje Lalpekhlua, as he was one of the best Indian strikers in terms of scoring goals. He had a tally of four goals in ISL with a 64% shot on target which was equal to highest goal scorer Elano Blumer.
We all hope there are further world class edition to the Indian Super League next year, this year’s exposure is certain to build the confidence of the Indian players and there are bigger and better things in store for the league in the next campaign.