They have tried in the past and both failed, so when Bengaluru FC and FC Goa clash in the finale of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday, sparks will fly.
As the final of the league is approaching, the intensity off the pitch is getting heavier every moment. During the league games, Bengaluru FC defeated FC Goa twice, 3-0 at the Kanteerava Stadium and 2-1 at the Fatorda Stadium. Bengaluru and Goa both finished on 34 points from 18 games, the latter being placed second on head-to-head basis. Yet, both the teams stand an equal chance to win the title. Bengaluru lost to North East United FC in the first leg of the semi-final (1-2) but came back to win 3-0 at home. On the other hand FC Goa thrashed Mumbai City FC 5-1 at away only to lose to them 0-1 at home and qualify for the finals.
TalkSports 24×7 analyses both the teams and marks out the top 5 players who can create a difference in the final on tonight at Mumbai:
Nicolas Ladislao Fedor Flores, commonly known as Miku was the top scorer for Bengaluru FC last season and is the second top scorer for them this season with 5 goals alongside Udanta Singh. Miku is one of the best performers in the history of Indian Super League for any side. He has got everything he needs- skills, power, accuracy and most important of all: his hunger for goals. He did not have a good time in the beginning of the season but he has his goal scoring boot back and will be the main man to watch out for in the final.
Ferran Corominas Telechea or Coro is the all-time highest scorer in the history of Indian Super League. He scored 18 goals for FC Goa last season while has already netted 16 times this time around. Besides scoring he is on the top of the assists list with 7 assists to his name. His skills and goal scoring ability makes him one of the main players to watch out for in the final.
Yesterday in the pre-match press conference he has told that he would like to score the most memorable goal of his life in the final, so Gaurs will be expecting much from this player.
3) Sunil Chhetri:
The ‘Captain, leader, legend’ of Indian football is one of the finest footballers who will take the pitch on the final. He is the top scorer for his side this season in the ISL with 9 goals to his name. At the age of 34, he is the one with the most dedication and effort on the pitch. Not just scoring goals, chasing every ball in attack as well as coming down to defend when his team needs him, he has been clinical the whole season and would want to win the trophy for his team this time around.
Francesco Fernandes Marcos, commonly known as Xisco is the main playmaker for the Blues. Covering the complete midfield, he is the man with the most assists (5) for his side this season. Apart from playing in through balls and distributing the balls from the middle of the park, he has been clinical for Bengaluru in snatching the fifty-fifty balls in the midfield as well. He will be one of the main man to watch out for in the final.
5) Mourtada Fall:
The big man from Senegal is the best defender for the Gaurs on the pitch. With 40 tackles, 21 interceptions, 169 clearances and 23 blocks he can alone change the picture of a game. Not just a man in defence, he likes to help his team in the offence as well. He has a knack of going in for headers from set pieces and has scored four times this season- the most by any defender. He will be a man to watch out for.
Apart from the top 5 men, the ISL final will also see the likes of Edu Bedia (FC Goa) and Udanta Singh (Bengaluru FC) and the role of both the goalies will be crucial as well. Now it is too see which team keeps their calm and plays a more composed game to win their first Indian Super League title ever.