Through ups and downs in last season, Delhi Dynamos would seek for redemption in the upcoming season of Hero Indian Super League.
After revamping and retaining the core, under the guidance of new head coach Josep Gombau, Delhi Dynamos would be seeking to remove the ghost of the past from the back and would be looking to implement a more controlled approach which relies heavily on collective discipline at the expense of individual genius and Striking the right balance will be crucial.
● ROSTER :
GOALKEEPER : Albino Gomes, Francisco Dorronsoro, Shayan Roy
DEFENDERS : Amit Tudu, Gianni Zuiverloon, Jayananda Moirangthem, Marti Crespi, Mohammed Dhot, Narayan Das, Pradeep Mohanraj, Pritam Kotal, Rana Gharami.
MIDFIELDERS : Adria Carmona, Bikramjit Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Marcos Tebar, Nandhakumar Sekar, Rene Mihelic, Romeo Fernandes, Shubham Sarangi, Siam Hanghal, Vinit Rai.
FORWARDS : Andrija Kaludjerovic, Daniel Lalhimpuia, Seiminmang Manchong.Shubham Sarangi
● Squad Analysis :
There have been some huge movements in this transfer window having added Indian domestic seasoned customers to strengthen the domestic core in the form of Daniel Lalhimpuia, Narayan Das, Siam Hangal, Bikramjeet Singh with also the addition of Shubham Sarangi after his stint with Aspire Academy .
This set up something clear right from the start that Delhi Dynamos Dynamos will possess one of the best squad depth assembled by any ISL franchise in present time.
With addition of dynamic overseas players like Martin Crespi, Gianni Zuiverloon, Andrija Kaludjerovic, Francisco Dorronsoro, Marcos Tebar, Rene Mihelic, Adria Carmona, Delhi Dynamos would be looking to seal a top four finish and looking to continue from where they left from after their late bloom in the second half of last season’s ISL.
● Team Rating :
○ GOALKEEPER : 7/10
○ DEFENCE : 7.5/10
○ MIDFIELD : 8.5/10
○ ATTACK : 8/10
○ OVERALL : 7.5/10
● Pre-Season :
Delhi Dynamos have setup their base camp in Kolkata and Qatar for the pre-season preparations where they have played 5 game in total.
Here are some results from their pre-season campaign :
• Delhi Dynamos 3-0 Taltala Dipti Sangha
• Delhi Dynamos 4-0 Peerless SC.
• Delhi Dynamos 1-1 Al Shamal SC
• Delhi Dynamos 0-3 Al-Wakrah
• Delhi Dynamos 3-3 Pearl
But there is also a buzz that Delhi Dynamos will play their final pre Season game against I-League Champions Minerva Punjab on 27th September before they will host FC Pune City in their season opener on 3rd October.
● Past Record :
Delhi Dynamos in the fourth season of ISL have reached Semi final on two occasions and missing narrowly in the inagrual season of ISL and have a horrific season in previous season.
But in history of ISL they have never made it to thr grand finale of the tournament and would be looking to go one step better this time.
League position of Delhi Dynamos since interception of ISL
2014 : 5th position
2015 : 4 th position
2016: 3 rd position
2017: 8th position
● Fixtures :
• 3/10/18, Delhi Dynamos vs FC Pune City
• 17/10/18,Delhi Dynamos vs ATK
• 20/10/18,Delhi Dynamos vs Kerala blasters
• 23/10/18, Delhi Dynamos vs Chennaiyin
• 27/10/18, Delhi Dynamos vs Mumbai City FC
• 30/10/18, Delhi Dynamos vs North east united FC
• 4/11/18, Delhi Dynamos vs Jamshedpur FC
• 8/11/18, Delhi Dynamos vs FC Goa
• 26/11/18, Delhi Dynamos vs Bengaluru FC
• 3/12/18, Delhi Dynamos vs Mumbai City FC
• 12/15/18,Delhi Dynamos vs Jamshedpur FC
• 15/12/18, Delhi Dynamos vs Chennaiyin FC
Rest of the schedule will come after Asian cup and depends upon how India fares in the mega event.
● Author’s Take :
Given the prolific and unpredictable nature of Delhi Dynamos and the depth of core Indian players they possess, they will play a vital part in the upcoming season of ISL given the hectic schedule.
So with the talent at their disposal, it will be safe to bet that it would be a top four finish for the Dynamos and they will be a genuine contender for the title this time.