Bengaluru reclaims top spot with a win over Highlanders: The Talking Points

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

The fortress witnessed a clinical performance from their home team as they outfought a resilient Northeast United side to secure a 2-1 win. The hosts were not at their brilliant best but goals from Juan and Chhetri were enough for them to reclaim top spot in the table. 


Set piece excellence back on show

Bengaluru have always been a very strong team when it comes to setpieces. It was once again on show as Edu Garcia swung in an excellent freekick which was duly headed home by Juan in the 14th minute. In the 17th minute another well taken freekick created another excellent goalscoring for the former I league champions. While their overall football is a sight to behold, they don't shy away from muscling through defences when needed as well.

Doungel is a prospect

It is that time of the season for the Highlanders to look at the positives of the season and plan for the future. Doungel was impressive and was getting past defenders with absolute ease. The forward has already proven in this competition that he can be a constant goal threat and if there is one area of improvement, it would be his decision making at crunch moments. Narzary was also impressive for the visitors. There is enough quality in this team to be challenging for the top four spot but it is a shame that they are tottering at the wrong end of the table. 

Call for better planning for ISL clubs

The Highlanders have inexplicably never made it to the semifinals of this glamorous competition. The sister states from the Northeast have contributed some amazing names to Indian football. Their devoted fans would have been hoping that this would be their year and were let down by lack of planning from their management. Many clubs have been guilty of not planning for their season properly as the winter transfer season has seen a lot of fit foreign players being released by their respective teams and coaches being inexplicably sacked in a short tournament.



The clubs need to do their homework in signing foreign names and the club's at the top tier of ISL table have made very little activity in the winter window, emphasising that with better planning the results will follow. 

Roca's Best eleven is scary

Roca put out his best team against the resurgent visitors after impressive performance from his "b" squad in AFC tie. They were arguably not at their best but had enough in them to get past a good Northeast United side. They have a solid defence and have a lethal combination of flair & force in attack. Edu Garcia was impressive down the left and Udanta electric on the right.



Chhetri and Miku feed of each other to make goal scoring look ridiculously easy. They have a safe set of holding Midfielders and their centre back pair is well seasoned. Their only weakness (if any) is their wingbacks who were occasionally caught off position. Roca's challenge will be to navigate this packed schedule and have his best eleven fit for the upcoming crunch games. 

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