After the first International break concluded in the Indian Super League, Jamshedpur FC faced FC Pune City at the Balewadi Stadium, kicking off the 35th match of the 5th season. Here are the five talking points from the clash:-
1) Pradyum Reddy continues to impress :
The change at the helm has provided betterments for the Stallions as they registered their first win of the season against Jamshedpur FC. The team under the guidance of the Spanish gaffer Miguel Angel Portugal didn’t work out and the results clearly failed to fall in place. Whereas, the former Indian player after taking charge of the team has helped the men in orange bond better as a team which is quite visible by their recent performance. Pune City clinched their much-needed breakthrough by the local manager’s guidance which is quite satisfying from an Indian’s lookout as he replaced quite an experienced Spanish gaffer who coached two ISL clubs. With Indian football progressing in leaps and bounds with the motive to make India a footballing nation, is it the right time to rely on our local mentors than to invest in foreign intelligence? A question which yet remains to be answered till the season ends.
2) Robin Singh’s desperate search for goals continues :
The 28-year-old experienced striker continues to be unsuccessful in creating an impact for the Stallions as he still seeks to hit the net after 6 appearances for the side. He failed to have a notable season in the 4th edition of the ISL as he managed to score only one goal from 8 appearances for ATK. Now, with the introduction of Ian Hume in the front line alongside Ashique Kuruniyan and Marcelo Pereira, it is a big challenge for Robin Singh to get some goals to his name and prove his worth to the fans and his team.
3) Jamshedpur missed their star strikers :
Tim Cahill and Gaurav Mukhi’s absence were felt as Jamshedpur FC failed to make a comeback from 2-1 to clinch a point against the Maharashtrian side. Also, Soosairaj was introduced quite late to the game which gave him less time to create an impact. With the likes of Soosairaj, Gaurav and Tim at the front, things could have turned around for the visiting side.
4) Jamshedpur getting weaker from the flanks :
It is the third time in this season that Jamshedpur FC conceded from a cross. They have been beaten thrice from the flanks as it remains a point of concern for Cesar Ferrando to make the necessary changes either technically or tactically for his side.
5) Pune ready to bounce back with a late start :
Since Pradyum took charge of the team, FC Pune City has improved as a team. The team looks better and confident under the new gaffer as they won their first match of the season against Jamshedpur FC yesterday. ISL all-time top scorer Ian Hume has finally touched the grass after a long wait which is another boost for the Stallions. It is to be watched if the team continues to displays the same spirit in the coming games and create a tension and exuberance in the points table.