The Postmortem: Churchill back to groove, Bengaluru slumps further down

Arijit Mukherjee  |  The Postmortem  |  2 Years Ago

I-League is in its full swing, playing another exhilarating round of football to say the least.  The 11th round as usual had some stunning upsets besides a couple of world-class goals…


It all started with Aizawl getting better of their own self, Brushing aside Chennai on performance to perch on top of the table. An exemplary show by the highlanders, who fell on face last time around only to get relegated eventually. It’s Khalid Jamil’s effect who carries his name whether he’s in Mumbai or Aizawl. Chennai on the other hand are stuck to the roots of the table with the payment issues only to grime their face. And courtesy his aura amongst his fans and players, he’s also named as “The Mourinho of India”.


The second match on Saturday really surprised the I-League followers by a mighty blow in the eyes. The bottom laid Churchill boys heckled the Shivajian outfits by 4-1. Churchill actually ran riot against a weakened DSK team to come out as the eventual victors. Churchill got a real chill having Dereck Parreira onboard and if we believe of the Man of the match striker Anthony Wolfe, it was a “Fu**ing kicker in the A**”. Meanwhile, DSK is slowly turning into a mystery for all. Dave Rogers’ side has been on a ride to the undulating hopeless mediocrity and the Solid football. They’re brilliant in one round while falling face down in the next. The team selection has been befuddling and the fact of the matter is that Dave Rogers is touchy about it. Their immunity from relegation is giving him a liberty to experiment on his best 11, while Dave needs to introspect as to whether or not he’s misjudging the caliber of the league. Let’s do mention Surabuddin Mullick, what a screamer he unleashed from 30 yards in this match, the man who till recently had fallen off the radar in Kolkata Football besides losing on luck with Churchill Brothers before Derrick trusted to now making him the “Best Goal” contender in the League.


The Super Sunday pitted the Big Two at the Kanteerava Stadium with Bengaluru devouring deeper in the League table. They faced probably the biggest thumping since inception to the Rivals East Bengal. Wedson scored a Robbenesque thunder to top it all up. Robin Singh inspite of scoring a brace, refrained from celebrating to keeping his options opened to Bengaluru, persisting on his pretense of playing in the Premier League—England.


The Blues are yet to get back to their Metamorphosed self in this season but we hope that Roca remains by then. Well, what the Blues have gotten better since Roca’s arrival is the Spanish Warfare than the Spanish football. The encounter with the Bengali’s at home was marred with violence among the players and fans. Though it brings about an X factor in the game for the fans, but if you believe the Fairplay referees, it doesn’t endorse well on Indian football. To be honest, I quite loved it!!


The Ultra concept in Indian football which in a recent development is doing more harm than good to the state of football as people should realize it is a vice which we should not be aped from foreign football replicating the good things is what needed at the moment. Well, I’m just saying it because AIFF mightn’t like me saying it… LOL.


The last match pitted the new “Draw Experts” of Indian football Minerva against Mumbai FC at Cooperage and on the back-drop of “Kashyap the Snake” and “Kashyap Out” and many more untellable chants. The match followed the same dour and destructive pattern sans of any good moves. Minerva has got this new-found dourness in defense and I kind of laud that about them. They looked solid and unperturbed throughout the match and that is a welcome change from their initial days of rudderless football.


Mumbai looks doomed this season and after many seasons of dodging the bullet this seems to be the year when they’re eventually slipping down the relegation zone unless Santosh Kashyap rounds his Magic Wand other than sacking his goats. Astoundingly though they were one the few teams to start pre-season, they’re devastated in every respect apart from facing a perpetual slump into the dark.


Now, we await another round of I-League action is on its way with title contenders MohunBagan and Shillong Lajong getting back into action. The advantage for the Mariners’ brigade is the In-hand couple of fixtures over tailing Aizawl and East Bengal apart from their still unbeaten status in the league. Having said that, the resuscitated Churchill Brothers’ fixture might give them a headache to sustain the pressure.





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