Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of this evening’s ATK Mohun Bagan vs Kerala Blasters Indian Super League (ISL 2021-22) clash being played at the Fatorda Stadium in Goa.
7 PM: Did you know? ATK Mohun Bagan coach Antonio Habas has been a part of four opening fixtures in the past and has won three of them. Incidentally, the only time he lost was when his side took on Kerala Blasters FC back in the 2019-20 season.
The Spaniard said his target is to win the Indian Super League (ISL) in the upcoming season, after missing out the title with a narrow 1-2 loss to Mumbai in 2020-21. – ISL/Sportzpics
6:30 PM- OFFICIAL LINEUPS ARE OUT!!
ATKMB Playing XI: Amrinder Singh (GK), Kauko, McHugh, Boumous, Singh, Bose, Colaco, Kotal (C), Krishna, Tangri, Rodrigues
Subs: Avilash, David, Prabir, Ashutosh, Sumit, Bidyananda, Kiyan, Rana Abhishek
Coach: Antonio Lopez Habas
KBFC Playing XI: Albino, Khabra, Bijoy, Leskovic, Jessel (C), Jeakson, Sahal, Rahul KP, Luna, Pereyra Diaz, Vazquez
Subs: Gill, Sandeep, Denechandra, Hakku, Ayush, Puitea, Prasanth, Seityasen, Chencho
Coach: Ivan Vukomanovic
6:15 PM- ATKMB played 15 matches at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda last season and was unbeaten in 12 of them. Kerala Blasters played four and failed to win even a single one.
6:00 PM- Here is how both teams can lineup today!!
ATK Mohun Bagan predicted XI
Amrinder Singh; Ashutosh Mehta, Tiri, Pritam Kotal, Subhasish Bose; Deepak Tangri, Lenny Rodrigues, Hugo Boumous, Michael Soosairaj; Roy Krishna, David Williams, Manvir Singh.
Kerala Blasters predicted XI
Albino Gomes; Jessel Carneiro, Harmanjot Khabra, Enes Sipovic, Sandeep Singh; Adrian Luna, Sahal Abdul Samad, Seityasen Singh, Rahul KP; Alvaro Vazquez, Jorge Diaz
– MATCH PREVIEW: ATKMB faces KBFC challenge in season opener –
An absorbing contest is on the cards as last year’s runner-up ATK Mohun Bagan meets former finalist Kerala Blasters FC in the opening match of the Indian Super League’s (ISL 2021-22) eighth season, which gets underway at the Fatorda Stadium on Friday evening.
The Kolkata outfit, which is born out of the merger of ISL’s most successful outfit ATK FC and the legacy of Asia’s oldest club Mohun Bagan, has remained in the preservation mode retaining much of the previous season’s squad under the very same coach Antonio Lopez Habas.
Kerala Blasters, which finished runner-up twice in 2014 and 2016, is looking to turn a new page under the Serbian head coach Ivan Vukomanovic.
Noting that he does not have much idea about the formation or form of the opponent under Vukomanovic, Habas said he prefers his boys to focus on the on the team’s football morals. “All the time my morals in football are more important. This means that my team will perform its own plan for 80 to 85 percent while the rest 15 to 20 percent is respect for the opponent,” he said on the eve of the opener.
Vukomanovic sought to look ahead to a new match while putting the past behind. “In football the good thing is that you can have a new game every three days. In our case there is a new chapter, there is a new game. So all the history is behind us,” he said. Blasters lost both the matches against ATK MB last season including the season opener, where it went down by a solitary goal.
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