A failing fortress, Bengaluru crumble to another defeat: The Talking Points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

Bengaluru who came on the back of a gruelling defeat against their derby rivals Chennai were left to rue their missed chances against Jamshedpur in yet another home defeat. Jamshedpur were awarded a last minute penalty and the visitors took away an unlikely three points. Bengaluru despite having lion's share of possession could not make it count in yet another difficult night at the fortress. 

Back to basics for Bengaluru 

After a string of changes ended in disappointment for Roca in a steely derby, the gaffer got back to his best eleven in an important clash against the tournament's newbies. Edu, Erik and Delgado marshalled the midfield with Sunil, Miku and Udanta providing fire power upfront. Roca has tinkered a lot with his team and he dropped Johnson to the bench for this match with Juan replacing him in the eleven. While it is difficult to play the same eleven game after game in a congested schedule, it is important to identify and play the spine of your team more often than not. Roca's best eleven produced a fine first half display and the gaffer will be wondering what could have been if he played this team in that intense derby. They could not create many clear cut chances against a packed Jamshedpur defence. 

Jamshedpur's non existent attack in first half

In the first half an hour, Jamshedpur could not hold much of the ball. They were clearly here to shut the shop and make it difficult for the hosts to find the  net. Bikash Jairu, Trindade and Belfort were the only players trying to press the opposition while the rest were content to play the waiting game. Jamshedpur's attack was bereft of ideas and their midfield completely preoccupied with keeping the hosts at bay. Occasional hopeful balls into the box and Belfort's attempted solo runs are the only efforts Jamshedpur could manage in the first half and that was no where near good enough for the visitors. 

Belfort, lonely yet the shining light of Jamshedpur attack

Belfort has already played under Steve and he knows that the Haiti forward can be a handful to any defence in ISL. The side from Jharkhand started the second half reasonably well and Belfort had a golden opportunity to put the visitors in the lead in the second half. Belfort scuffed the chance in what was the first blemish of the night for the number 9. He created the best opportunity of the game to Mawihmingthang who could not put it past Gurpreet. He was the lone man upfront and managed to win a lot of headers. He held up play and could have done that much better with some support upfront from his team mates. It is too soon to say if a forward of that quality is wasted in a team set up to defend 90 minutes but there will be definitely whispers in the air.

Annoyed Bengaluru must look at the mirror 

Bengaluru were complaining to the referee every time someone in blue tumbled to the ground. Miku went face to face with Trindade after fouling the number 8 and it looked like the frustration of their ineffectiveness to get past the steely defence of Jamshedpur was pouring out of the Bengaluru players. There was a lot of hype surrounding the Bengaluru team and their performances in the first couple of matches earmarked them as the favourites. One cannot help but wonder if they are putting too much pressure on themselves and in turn on the referees. Bengaluru are a quality team and the results will soon fall into place, untill then they should just get on with the game instead of complaining. 

Where is the balance, Steve ? 

Jamshedpur have conceded only once in their six games so far and that is a defensive record of Mourinho's calibre. While it is a great record to boast of, Coppell's men have scored only 2 goals in the the first six matches. Steve needs to find a balance in his side with talents such as Doutie and Belfort greatly under utilized at present. They showed glimpses of how good they can be on the ball in the second half but Steve will have to get more of the same from his men. While a penalty and better second half bailed the visitors out this time in Bengaluru, they cannot expect the same in the upcoming games. 

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