BY Rahul Bali Follow @rahul_atma on twitter
The latest round of games in the I-League supplied no end of drama and farce, as well as a collection of stunning goals. Here we pick out the five things we learned from this week's action…
|Schattorie has too much to worry about|
After a bright start to their campaign, United Sports Club have struggled to register three points ever since despite dominating possession in each of the matches. The Dutch coach rightly pointed that they lack creativity in the midfield, something which was found in abundance last term. They are unable to penetrate the opposition despite seeing a lot of the ball. Add to that, players turning up for matches on the day or eve of the tie doesn’t help the coach’s cause for tactical training. This surely hurts the coach’s plans as he is unaware of what condition the player would come in and hence cannot plan in advance. How will this get sorted is something which no one can answer at this point of time. The best course of action at this point is: What we cannot control, we must endure.
|Promoted teams always struggle|
Rangdajied United haven’t won a single game as yet despite putting in some decent performances against Dempo SC and Churchill Brothers at home. The north eastern club’s coach Santosh Kashyap has spoken of the difference in the levels of the top and the second division and their results have only confirmed it further. Mohammedan Sporting couldn’t breach the United SC defense despite the latter being down to ten-men. The Kolkata outfit wasn’t impressive and it was their goalkeeper who pulled off a string of impressive saves to keep them in the tie.
|Cornell Glen shows Mumbai FC what they are missing|
Khalid Jamil in his post-match conference stated that he is happy with his squad and doesn’t really “need” Yusif Yakubu who hasn’t yet got his visa to join the team. However the club genuinely lacked an out and out goal scorer who can give them at least 15 goals in the season. Orok Essien is too inexperienced and isn’t the most effective. Youngsters like Jayesh Rane do have the potential but cannot deliver the goods every week. Sanjdar Ahmadi has already found the back of the net once but needs more support in attack. Cornell Glen’s double strike was enough to hand Shillong Lajong three points away from home which left Jamil frustrated.
|Bagan showed how to shut Salgaocar|
Salgaocar FC are one of the in-form teams in the league this season. However their usual ploy of overlapping full backs and play from the flanks didn’t work against Mohun Bagan with coach Karim Bencherifa employing a 4-4-1-1- formation to good effect. His instructions for once were carried out well by his personnel and the Mariners were rewarded with their first full points. Derrick Pereira, the Salgaocar coach, has spoken of his desire to add players on their roster to add depth in the squad. They definitely need a quality left back as they continue to have problems on the left flank.
|Rooney back in top form|
While football fans across the world are speaking on Rooney being in top form for Manchester United this term, the city of Bangalore are raving about another Rooney. The Australian has scored six goals in as many matches for the fledgling club. Sean had a forgettable stint with Salgaocar last term where he scored twice in nine outings before being shipped off midway through the season. While it did surprise that Bengaluru chose to sign a castaway, the 24-year old has certainly enhanced his reputation by letting his football do the talking.
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