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Bengaluru FC ISL season review: Poor transfers and defence, Suresh shines - The Blues' Hits and Misses

8:58 AM IST 17/03/21
Bengaluru FC Goa ISL Suresh Wangjam Sunil Chhetri
Bengaluru failed to get into the playoffs in ISL 2020-21...

Bengaluru finished seventh in the Indian Super League (ISL) standings this season with just 22 points to show from 20 matches. 

Poor performances from new arrivals, lack of a fighting spirit, a mid-season managerial change may all have had an impact on the Blues' 2020-21 campaign. Goal attempts to figure out the hits and misses from their journey this season. 

  • Naushad Moosa, Jamshedpur FC, Bengaluru FC

    #1 Miss: Carles Cuadrat's sack

    The surprising decision to sack Carles Cuadrat, nine matches into the season, did not work out for the club at all. 

    Cuadrat had managed to get 12 points in nine games but after his sack, Bengaluru managed to get only 10 points in 11 matches. 

    It must be noted that Cuadrat was sacked when the club suffered three back-to-back defeats to ATK Mohun Bagan, Jamshedpur and Mumbai - teams who eventually finished above them at the end of the league. 

    And there was no visible change in the style of play after Cuadrat's exit as well. More interestingly, Bengaluru conceded 12 goals in nine games under Cuadrat but conceded 16 in eleven games since. 

    Clearly, the decision to remove Cuadrat has not worked.

  • Juanan Bengaluru FC NorthEast United ISL

    #2 Miss: Defence & Transfer window

    Bengaluru conceded a total of 28 goals in 20 matches - only three bottom-placed teams let in more. 

    The once watertight defence of Bengaluru, which had Alberto Serran and Juanan as leaders, looked shaky and vulnerable throughout the season. 

    They also made some poor signings in the transfer window - never really managed to replace Nishu Kumar and Serran.

  • Cleiton Silva Sunil Chhetri Bengaluru ISL 7

    #3 Hit: Sunil Chhetri

    The 2020-21 ISL season was arguably one of the worst seasons in club captain Chhetri's Bengaluru career. However, he still ended up as the team's top scorer with 8 goals to his name and had two assists to go with it as well. 

    It is high time that the team stopped depending on the India international for goals. He just about managed it this time around. 

  • Cleiton Silva, Mumbai City, Bengaluru FC, ISL

    #4 Miss: Foreign strikers

    Bengaluru are yet to find a proper replacement for Miku who left the club two years ago. Since the Venezuelan's departure, the Blues have tried their luck with Deshorn Brown, Manuel Onwu, Kristian Opseth and Cleiton Silva in the final third but none of them have been able to add more firepower into the final third. 

    Miku had 20 league goals in two seasons with the Blues. The four forwards mentioned above have scored 11 goals combined during their stint with the ISL club. 

  • Manuel Lanzarote, Suresh Wangjam, Bengaluru vs Chennaiyin

    #5 Hit: Emergence of Suresh

    The emergence of Suresh Wangjam into the first team was one of the positives for Bengaluru. He has become a key player in the centre of the park for the Blues.