After being humbled by FC Pune City on Sunday in Kolkata, two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions ATK have seen themselves on the wrong end of an unwanted statistic. Brazilian attacker Marcelinho netted a brace while Rohit Kumar and Emiliano Alfaro also netted, with Bipin Kumar grabbing the lone goal for the home team.
While the margin of loss was just three goals, the 4-1 loss inflicted on Teddy Sheringham's side was the first time that the Kolkata franchise have conceded four goals in the league.
In the previous three seasons, ATK had a marked Spanish influence courtesy of their partnership with LaLiga club Atletico Madrid.
Just like Diego Simeone's side, ATK had established themselves as a team very hard to beat with a very frugal defence that has seen them reach the ISL playoffs in every season so far, with them going all the way in two of them.
Under Antonio Habas, they conceded just 13 and 17 goals in the group stages in 2014 and 2015 respectively. In 2016, under Jose Molina, they conceded just 14 goals. More significantly, they shipped more than two goals in one game just the three times before Sunday's game.
Interestingly, they lost to FC Pune City 1-3 at home in 2014 before Mumbai City (2-3 loss) and Chennaiyin FC (3-0) scored three past them in the second season. But they had never let in four goals before Popovic's Pune City did so.
Looks like ATK are already missing the partnership with Atletico Madrid, which ended after last season.