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ISL 2020-21: ATK Mohun Bagan Squad Preview

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Joint forces of ATK and Mohun Bagan are ready to conquer Indian football together. The newly merged club has historic remarks of Mohun Bagan and the effective entity of ATK. Marching Indian Super League and first shout at Asia will be the main objective of the club this season.

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#1. Looking back on triumphant runs

Both of the clubs were champions of 2019-20 ISL and I-League seasons. ATK finished second in the league stage thus missed the golden opportunity of becoming the first Indian club to qualify for the AFC Champions League group stage. But bounced back quickly in playoffs stage thus won Indian Super League title. Where Mohun Bagan Athletic clinched the I-League title convincingly under Kibu Vicuña. This was the first incident where ISL and I-League champions of the regular season were from the same city.

#2. Aggregating two Alphas

Mariners have a local ace, Arindam Bhattacharya, as patron at the goal line. Arindam missed just one match in the 2019-20 season with a 0.85 conceding rate per match and played a key role in title triumph. The shot-stopper earned first choice tag through his heroics hence benching Dheeraj Singh. The 20-year-old Manipuri lad Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem is too good to leave out on the bench. He arrived at ATK from Kerala Blasters where he had an impressive season but made just one appearance in the 2019-20 season.

Tiri, Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal; this central defensive line is good enough to feature in dream ISL XI. Tiri is widely regarded as the best center-back in the history of ISL thus his arrival gives justice to the club’s current status. Right now you won’t see a better Indian center back than stalwart Sandesh Jhingan. Jhingan is the diamond added to the prestige of the ATK Mohun Bagan badge. Primarily a right-back but due to circumstances, Pritam Kotal enjoyed center back position last season.

Prabir Das’ brilliance was one of the main reasons why Pritam Kotal had to shift into central defense. He gained prominence after assisting the joint-most number of goals by the defender (5) last season. Habas has some good concerns over the left side of the defensive line as he got so many options for that place. Defensive choice as Subhasish Bose or offensive one as Michael Soosairaj or may be balanced one as rising star Sumit Rathi. Rathi emerged as a center-back during the 2019-20 season but the lad has enough versatility to play as Left-back/wing-back.

#3. Familiar offensive faces

Habas is likely to play with two attacking fullbacks and one defensive midfielder. And once again the role will be assigned to Pranoy Haldar or Michael Regin. Man of the final, Javi Hernandez likely to operate the central midfield. While Spaniard Edu Garcia will get some offensive freedom as an attacking midfielder. Pranoy, Javi, and Edu know their roles very well and Habas may assign them responsibilities the same as last season.

The duo of David Williams and Roy Krishna at the top means the business will be smooth. Williams scored 7 goals and registered 5 assists in 18 appearances for ATK. Where Fijian national captain Roy Krishna featured in every game and scored joint highest 15 goals last season. The duo had a lion’s share in ISL winning season of ATK hence club wants the same services again.

ATK Mohun Bagan squad has big stars and now it’s upon Habas to position them at the right places. Habas knows how to get the best from players and he doesn’t hesitate to take ugly decisions for results. The situation suggests that he may opt for three at beck once again but with balanced weapons. ATKMB has amazing squad depth which is best among ISL clubs. Apart from big names, quality Indian players and flexible options give this squad a huge edge.

#4. ATK Mohun Bagan probable lineup:

ATK Mohun Bagan probable starting 11

#5. Announced fixtures:

Kerala Blasters, 20 November 2020

SC East Bengal, 27 November 2020

Odisha FC, 3 December 2020

Jamshedpur FC, 7 December 2020

Hyderabad FC, 11 December 2020

FC Goa, 16 December 2020

Bengaluru FC, 21 December 2020

Chennaiyin FC, 29 December 2020

NorthEast United, 3 January 2021

Mumbai City FC, 11 January 2021

#6. Detailed squad:

Goalkeepers- Arindam Bhattacharya, Dheeraj Singh, Avilash Paul, Arsh Anwar Shaikh.

Defenders- Tiri, Carl McHugh, John Johnson, Sandesh Jhingan, Sumit Rathi, Pritam Kotal, Prabir Das, Subhasish Bose, Salam Ranjan Singh, Boris Singh, Ankit Mukherjee.

Midfielders- Javi Hernandez, Edu Garcia, Bradden Inman, Komal Thatal, Glan Martins, Jayesh Rane, Pranoy Haldar, SK Sahil, Michael Regin, Kiyan Nassiri.

Forwards- Roy Krishna, David Williams, Manvir Singh, Jobby Justin, Michael Soosairaj.

 

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