Tiri was a statement signing for ATK Mohun Bagan ahead of Hero Indian Super League Season 7. He has been a mainstay in Antonio Lopez Habas’s team and has been the reliable centre-back the team needs and has helped the team to have one of the best defences in the league.
Tiri was ruled out from the Mariners’ previous match against Hyderabad FC and was dearly missed in defence. His partnership with Sandesh Jhingan and Pritam Kotal in the three-man defence oozes confidence and calmness for the team. ATK Mohun Bagan fans would be hoping that their Spanish centre-back returns for the match against FC Goa at the Fatorda Stadium.
In ATK Mohun Bagan’s previous match against Hyderabad FC, we saw a welcome return of David Williams in the starting XI. Goal scoring has been somewhat of an issue for ATK Mohun Bagan in the previous few matches. They rely very heavily on Roy Krishna and now Manvir Singh has come to the party with a couple of goals in the season. They need others to step up in this regard and the likes of Bradden Inman, David Williams and Edu Garcia need to contribute in the coming few matches.
Carl McHugh has been colossal for the Mariners in the centre of the park. He is a remarkable tackler and an astute reader of the game. His versatility is what makes him an indispensable player in that starting line-up. He played centre back along with Sandesh Jhingan in their previous game and with the return of Tiri, expect him to take his position in the centre midfield back.
The team will be without the creativity of Spanish midfielder Javi Hernandez who is still recovering from the injury he suffered earlier in the season. Michael Soosairaj is the only long term injury which Antonio Lopez Habas has to deal with.
The Mariners are the only team in the league not to concede a goal from open play this season and face a stern test in Juan Ferrando’s FC Goa next up.
Antonio Lopez Habas has agreed that this season is the most competitive season ever and in his press conference, he said, “The teams have had a chance to reinforce themselves this season. Both Indian and foreign players have improved levels and all teams are on more of an equal level.”
Juan Ferrando is wary of the threat ATK Mohun Bagan possesses in this game. “Everybody knows about ATK Mohun Bagan. They are a good team. The last two games, maybe the score was not expected. But they are a very good team. All the players have very good quality. There are lots of details to pay attention to tomorrow.”
ATK Mohun Bagan (3-5-2): Arindam Bhattacharja (GK); Pritam Kotal, Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan; Prabir Das, Glan Martins, Carl McHugh, Edu Garcia, Subhasish Bose; Roy Krishna, David Williams
FC Goa (4-1-4-1): Mohammad Nawaz (GK); Seriton Fernandes, James Donachie, Ivan Gonzalez, Saviour Gama; Lenny Rodrigues; Jorge Mendoza, Edu Bedia, Brandon Fernandes, Redeem Tlang; Igor Angulo
WHERE TO WATCH ATKMB VS FCG
The match between ATK Mohun Bagan against FC Goa will be broadcasted in India from 7:30 PM IST in Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 Hindi, and their respective HD TV channels. You can also live stream the match on Disney+ Hotstar and JioTV.
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