Brilliant Bengaluru back on track after crushing Mumbai City 3-1: The Talking Points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

Bengaluru were back to their brilliant best as they coasted past Mumbai to the top spot on the table. Two goals from Chhetri and second half strike from Miku were enough for the former I league champions to stomp their authority in Mumbai. The final score was 3-1 in  favour of the visitors and here are the major talking points from the game. 

How much is too much, AIFF

Refereeing standards in ISL have been very poor so far in this season. Any coach who has openly questioned the standards has been lashed with fines and bans. However the bottom line remains the same in the tournament. It was yet another forgettable night for the ISL referees. The first half saw two controversial decisions that changed the course of the match.



Balwant was lucky to not see red after elbowing Khabra. The Indian striker was let off with yellow card but his night got worse as the referee awarded a penalty minutes later for his challenge on Chhetri. On second look, Chhetri might have dived in the box and it was a harsh decision for the hosts who conceded in controversial circumstances for the second time in two consecutive  matches. 

Trying time for Guimaraes

Mumbai City are tottering just outside the top four and they would ideally like to hit the top gear right now. Instead Guimaraes will have to immediately find a solution for his team's struggles in front of the goal. They were on track to make the top four but will have to find their mojo back in front of the goal after two back to back home losses. They had several chances to take the lead but were left to rue some shoddy finishing. Mumbai City have a long break until their next match and Guimaraes will need all the time he can get to get his team back in the groove. 


Juanan and Johnson should play more often for Bengaluru FC

Roca has often dropped one of the two foreign defenders in order to play an extra midfielder from his foreign contingent. Juanan and Johnson looked solid at the back and were adept at keeping Balwant & co quiet throughout. Roca has rotated his squad extensively so far but one cannot help but wonder if he should play this pair at the heart of his defence more often than not. With Bheke looking comfortable at left back, Bengaluru could have a solid defence. 

Bengaluru turn it on in the second half

Bengaluru were lucky to go into the break with the lead but the boys from South turned it on in the second half to put the tie beyond doubt. They were dominant in the second half and it has been consistent throughout this season. They have scored 16 of their 21 goals in the second half of the games so far. Roca will be happy with the ability of his team to dig in deep to get results and it will bode well for them, come the knockout stages. The cramped up fixtures will be a challenge for Roca from here on but it is evident that they have a competent squad to sail through it. 


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