I-League Roundup: Bengaluru Slumps further, while Mohun Bagan inching closer to the title in this week's Postmortem

Arijit Mukherjee  |  The Postmortem  |  2 Years Ago

It’s been four rounds since we had a Postmortem of the Premier Football League in India. I guess I became the victim of the enchantment…


It’s been an enthralling four rounds with the so-called minnows showing plucks to make it hard for the “Big” names. Starting with the League Leaders East Bengal’s slip from their high pedestal with two draws and a damning defeat to Aizawl, whereas Khalid Jamil’s boys from the Mizo Hills have been simply awesome so far and are just a point short of the joint leaders MB and KEB. Aizawl have displayed an aggressive mix of counter-attacking and high-pressing football to the hilt but not to forget their brightest spot— Aizawl’s Rock-Solid backline to withstand some of the best Bazooka’s in the League. Jayesh Rane has been a revelation for the Highlanders, just to say the least.


Bengaluru are jinxed this year, slipping fast and steady off the peak. Losing out on John Johnson is well reflective in the Blues’ defence. Roca’s boys desperately need a Jaadu ki Jhappi for them to remain a contender for the rest of the season. Their face-off with East Bengal in the next clash at the Fortress is crucial, not only for the Clubs but for the Confused fanbase as to whether to support the Aging Blues or the Young ones from Ozone. Well, Bengaluru’s predicament has given a life lesson to many, that Money and Fame can’t buy you a League title.

Mohun Bagan meanwhile are maintaining an undistracted competition with the leaders to stay on top of the table. Though they did lose some momentum versus DSK and then in the Derby, but Sanjoy Bose rung the alarm before it would be spelled ‘too late’. They look to be peaking at the right time and are enjoying the unbeaten run. Now, only time can say whether they’d thrive in heckling the Arch-Rivals as they intend to…


Shivajians got their share of InstaPower without being any good whatsoever, while they look set to finish somewhere in the middle of the table with a couple of points here and there. They have blown hot and cold to be fair. Minerva on the other end have shifted the gear as they didn’t fail to surprise their Passionate boss in the last few rounds having conquered  the Fortress, Cooperage and who can forget the 9-Goal thriller versus Churchill Brothers at home. Surinder Singh’s Shotguns must thank the Youth side for the 6:30 Alarm!!


Shillong Lajong are another side to have upped the ante after a lackadaisical start that got their act together to sit them tight in the upper half of the table. They look ominous at home and decent away. Nothing more to say!

Thanks to the ridding of Charles Raja, Namma Chennai City looks much better than their abysmal self in the first half of the season. Though the bunch of players look like a team now, however they’re still rummaging their plastic bags for another Three-pointer.


Lastly, it’s turning out to be one of the most enthralling I-League seasons in recent memory with teams vying for both the relegation and the championship. For the first time in years have I seen clubs desperate to taste success, which is a brand new direction for the Indian Football. 


Though we have a reason to be contented for the soaring flag of Indian Football, its still a sad news for some players who the fans have been waiting to see in action. We’ll bring you some gothically biased Football Postmortems from the Indian top Flight Football in the next edition to help understand why these Emerging talents haven't been playing...




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