The two standout teams from the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 will go head-on for one final time in the season at the Fatorda Stadium hoping to lift the coveted ISL trophy. Mumbai City FC became the Hero ISL Shield winners by the barest of margins as they clinched the first spot via goal difference. Antonio Lopez Habas’ ATK Mohun Bagan would be disappointed with the way the league stage ended for them but winning the final would be more than a consolation prize for the Mariners. There are plenty of exciting subplots in this crunch final as we’d see two top strikers in the league, Adam Le Fondre (Mumbai City FC) and Roy Krishna (ATK Mohun Bagan) hoping to lead their side to glory in this final.
Here are the top five player battles to look out for from the 2020-21 season final.
ADAM LE FONDRE vs ROY KRISHNA
The battle of the Hero ISL Golden Boot Award will go down to the wire as both Adam Le Fondre and Roy Krishna still have a shot at the award. Krishna seems to be in the driver’s seat but you never know with this Mumbai City FC team who score goals for fun especially when they have a striker like Adam Le Fondre in their ranks. Both these marksmen carry the burden of scoring the majority of the goals for their teams and this battle could have a decisive say on the outcome of this match.
MOURTADA FALL vs TIRI
Two of the best defences in the league are spearheaded by these two centre-halves, Mumbai’s Mourtada Fall and ATK Mohun Bagan’s Tiri. Both these centre-halves are good on the ball and equally good in the air as well. They are an aerial threat in the opposition’s box and good at defending set-pieces as well. This battle will be fascinating to see in this all-important final.
HUGO BOUMOUS vs DAVID WILLIAMS
Two of the most creative players in the league, Hugo Boumous and David Williams can be the game-changers in this match. Both have the ability to set a goal up for their teammates but at the same time have the knack of scoring important goals themselves. They are both good dribblers with the ball and can deliver defence-splitting passes in the final third. They sense where the opposition defence is weak and exploit those weaknesses. Expect both these individuals to have a massive say in this match.
BIPIN SINGH vs MANVIR SINGH
The battle of the left-footed Indian wingers will be an interesting one to witness in this final. Both Bipin and Manvir have had breakthrough seasons and would love to grab the headlines by scoring in the final as well. They will cause plenty of issues to the wing-backs they are up against and will be a constant goal threat in this game.
AMRINDER SINGH vs ARINDAM BHATTACHARJA
Finally, the battle between the two custodians can have a big say in this match. Arindam Bhattacharya was the Hero of the Match Award winner in the previous season’s final for ATK FC and the Mariners’ keeper would be hoping to replicate a similar sort of performance. There’ll be plenty of nerves for both teams coming into this match and it’s the responsibility of the keepers to calm everyone down and make sure that they finish the match without making crucial mistakes. If by any chance the match goes into penalties then all the eyeballs will be on these two to stand up and deliver under extreme pressure.
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