Kerala hearts were broken by Atletico de Kolkata for the second time in three years, as Jose Molina mashalled his troops to lift the Indian Super League trophy in Kochi on Sunday.
A match of this intensity demands players to rise to their absolute best. While both Steve Copell and Jose Molina are tactically sound, TheHardTackle analyses 3 key battles in the game which could decide the outcome of ISL 3.
With 59 games done and dusted, we are left with the Grand Finale of yet another riveting Indian Super League campaign as Kerala Blasters play host to the Atletico De Kolkata in their own backyard
Mumbai is all set to host what has got to be one of the most riveting and nail biting encounters in recent Indian Super League history as Atletico de Kolkata travel to Mumbai with a slender 1 goal advantage in the second league of the semi finals. It will be advantage to the Kolkata outfit who part from their one goal lead, will also benefit from the fact that Mumbai City FC will be without their key forward and marquee man Diego Forlan who was will be serving his one match ban after getting sent off in the previous leg. Forlan was a key figure behind City’s table top finish in the league stages, both creating and scoring goals.The absence of the the Uruguayan could come as a huge blow for Alexander Guimares’ side.
While it's a third consecutive semi-final appearance for Atletico De Kolkata, Mumbai City FC are in the knock-out stage of the competition for the first-time and they will look to carry forward their flawless run of performances this term to take them all the way through.
Atletico De Kolkata' s Consistency, Diego Forlan' s Hat-Trick & Marcelinho' s masterclass feature among the fantastic moments of the Indian Super League so far.
ATK and Pune Play out a dull draw; Mumbai City FC and Delhi Dynamos To lock horns on Saturday.
Atletico De Kolkata hosts FC Pune City in the final game of the season for both the sides. Antonio Habas returns to his old stomping ground and with FC Pune City out of the semi final spots, he would look to end the season with a bang. ATK on the other hand have already secured their place in the semi finals and would look to finish the group stage off on a high note.
Atletico De Kolkata qualified for the semi-finals for the third straight season of the Indian Super League when they came from behind to secure a point against Kerala Blasters.
With only Mumbai City FC sealing their place in the last four, two other favourites in Kerala Blasters and Atletico de Kolkata will battle it out on Tuesday to seal their respective semi-final berths.