Bengaluru vs Chennaiyin Preview: It's more and above the Socio-Politico-Rift between the States

Rohit Ganguly  |  Indian Super League  |  1 Year Ago

We are standing on the edge of the grand finale of the biggest football extravaganza in India, where debutants, Bengaluru FC are all set to cross swords with veterans and 2015-2016 champions, Chennaiyin FC. 


After a high-flying season for Bengaluru FC, they will definitely like to wrap it up in style before their Super Cup and AFC Cup fixtures. Chennai, on the other hand, would love to stall their unstinting progress and emulate Kolkata’s feat of notching up the trophy twice.


The match will be held at Sree Kanteerava stadium in Bangalore and the hosts will try their best to forget their last encounter with Chennaiyin FC where they were handed a drubbing by a late goal from Dhanpal Ganesh.


However, the head-to-head record of both the teams was drawn level after Bengaluru thrashed Chennai in their own backyard, pegging them back by three goals to one.  Sunil Chettri scored in both the encounters.


Given the fact that the world is driven by numbers, we will take a look at the statistics which may be a probable presage to this cut and run encounter which is all set to take the football roster by storm.



Despite Bengaluru’s dominance in the return leg, Chennai never let the match slip until the dying embers of the game. They played almost twenty-five minutes with a man down after their skipper, Henrique Sereno was given marching orders in the 71st minute. 


Chennai unleashed thirteen shots at the Bengaluru goal in the return-leg fixture vis-à-vis Bengaluru's twelve. However, only three of them were on target and one of the three rolled into the back of the net. Bengaluru held the edge in this as seven of their shots were on target and three of them found the net.


In the previous fixture, Chennai held imperious sway over Bengaluru as they hurled a staggering number of sixteen shots at Bengaluru while the hosts only managed to take half of their counterparts.


Both the teams played possession football and occasionally showed bursts down the wings. However, it will not be the same for both the teams as it is the final. 

The mercury level has already started rising as the best players in the canon will be pitted against each other in an intense battle of 90 minutes which may even span down to 120 minutes if the deadlock remains. However, if the upshot still doesn’t arrive at the end of it, we go down to penalties where we have seen villains turn into heroes and heroes turn into villains.


Bengaluru will pin their hopes on their Venezuelan striker, Miku who has been absolutely phenomenal in this season, scoring 13 goals from 16 outings. He will be accompanied by the Indian and Bengaluru skipper, India’s most prolific goal-scorer, Sunil Chhetri.  Their synergy has scored a total of 27 goals, razing defences like haystacks in a deserted village.


They will be aided by the likes of a speedster, Udanta Singh down the right and Lenny Rodrigues down the left. To bolster their defence, they have players like Subhasish Bose, who has been an absolute sensation right since his outset for Mohun Bagan and also an experienced campaigner like Nishu Kumar. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, their custodian has simply excelled from good to the best with every second passed.



However, Bengaluru will have their task cut out as they will have to breach an airtight defence which sports the likes of Portuguese stalwart, Henrique Sereno, Spanish star Inigo Calderon and Brazilian giant, Mailson.


To bedevil the bedecked defence of Bengaluru, Chennai can brag about their Mizo sniper, Chhetri’s partner upfront in the Indian team, Jeje Lalpekhlua. Jeje has been in red-hot form and will partner abreast Gregory Nelson who has been Chennai’s marksman.


Nelson has been absolutely a delight for the football fans to watch. His shooting prowess and his dexterity at his first touch of the ball make him a singular player on the pitch to mark. 


Alongside all of this, Chennai has a super-sub in their ranks. He goes by the name of Anirudh Thapa. One of the youngest sensations in India can be the bane for his opponents on any given day.


However, it is too early to predict as the Titans will collide within a few hours from now. It will be a battle of wits consorted with frayed bodies and jaded nerves. The team that will keep their cool until the end will reign supreme.


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