The last time the two teams squared off in the legendary Mohun Bagan ground in the fabled Kolkata Maidan, it ended in a 1-1 stalemate which saw the Colts put on a spirited performance to come back from a goal down to level the match. Their spirited display saw the 18,000 strong home crowd applauding the young arrows side and booing the home team off the field.
The Green and Maroon brigade now squares off against the Colts at Tilak Maidan on 27/02/2018 and here are the five major talking point before the start of the game.
1. Will the Midas touch of Dipanda Dicka continue?
Aiser Dipanda Dicka is perhaps in the form of his life. The Mohun Bagan has already raked up 11 goals to his name and often have been the saving grace of Mohun Bagan this season. He has firmly established himself as the top scorer of the tournament as he already has five more goals than the Bhutanese Sniper Chencho who is in second place.
Dipanda was the highest goalscorer in the previous edition of I league which attracted the attention of the Green and Maroon. He has been true to his name; finishing off chances after chances. His linkup play with his compatriot Akram Morghabi may decide the outcome of the match. Will the duo prove too hot to handle for the young colts? A question which will be answered on 27th.
2. The Curious case of Yuta Kinowaki.
Yuta Kinowaki is a gem to have in the midfield. He can command the midfield with his presence, shielding the defence allowing the likes of Watson o move more freely which was evident from the match against Neroca. But the season has been topsy turvy for Yuta in terms of fitness levels. One day he is match fit, the other day he is not. Will he be fit to command the midfield against Arrows or will the gaffer Shakarlal stick with Watson and Reynier as the vital central midfield pairing?
3. Shankarlal Chakrobarty and the fight for pride
As we head towards the business end of the I League, the mariners are already out of the Championship fight, they don’t have much to play for apart from pride. The Mariners have already played their last home match of the season in which the lost to Gokulam; a disappointing result which summed up a rather disappointing campaign for the Mariners.
With the super cup looming around the corner, the coach Shankarlal Chakrobarty will be looking forward to the last set of matches as a preparation for the Super Cup. I League glory is lost, pressure will be on the players and the manager to prove themselves in the Super Cup against better opposition. That preparation for Super Cup will have to start from the Arrows match itself.
The Mariners might be going all-out attack against the young colts to end the season on a high note and send a message to the other teams in the super cup.
4. Can the Arrows defeat the Mariners?
The Last time the two met, the colts came back from behind to snatch a draw. The match virtually ended Sanjay Sen’s reign as the Mohun Bagan manager. After the draw with the arrows, Mohun Bagan went on to loose against Chennai City at their home grounds, which saw an angry mob pressuring Sanjay Sen to resign. The implications of the arrows match is being felt even today.
Can the arrows do even better and win against the Mariners ? Though both the teams have nothing to play for but serious questions would be asked if the Mariners fails to win this match.
5. Indian Arrows: The Revival a success?
The youngsters this season has punched above their weight and has impressed every one with their gusty display. The Portuguese De Matos has stressed upon the fact that winning is not important but its more about learning. The youngsters seemed to have progressed well so far.
With Dheeraj Singh already leaving the club for trials in Motherwell FC,the Portuguese gaffer has already told that some of the youngsters are ready to play a a different level. The last arrows project gave us the likes of Jeje,Lalrindika Ralte, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Can this arrows project do one better ?