ISL 2017-18: Delhi Dynamos’ last chance for redemption

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Pritam Kotal Delhi Dynamos FC Kerala Blasters FC ISL 4 2017/2018
The Lions need to get their act together this Sunday in order to get their season to a respectable finish…

Delhi Dynamos started their Indian Super League (ISL) season with a 3-2 away victory against FC Pune City. They scored the first three goals before conceding twice but managed to hold on to a win. Their next game was in Bangalore where all their frailties were exposed by Albert Roca’s unit.

Such was the dominance of Bengaluru FC on November 26th that Dynamos looked clueless in defence and attack. They couldn’t get the ball out of their own half and when they did, Kalu Uche was pretty much fighting a lone battle.

Edu Garcia was the creator-in-chief for the Blues while Erik Paartalu scored a couple. Miku should have had a hat-trick but for the post coupled with poor finishing on the said day. Matias Mirabaje picked up an injury and so did Sena Ralte, dealing a blow to Delhi.

Since then, Delhi have played seven and suffered six defeats. They have only picked up a single point with almost everyone who was in the starting eleven on that fateful day has suffered a dip in form. Delhi never really recovered after the defeat to Bengaluru FC.

On Sunday evening, they have a final chance to get their season in order. No Albino Gomes, no Xabi Irureta, no Mirabaje, no Ralte, no Simranjeet Singh and many more. It’s time for Delhi to raise their game and play to save their reputation.

Pritam Kotal, who is the first choice right-back in the Indian national team, has been shambolic to say the least. Against Kerala Blasters, although he got on the score-sheet, two of the three goals leaked were from his side.

Bengaluru FC Delhi Dynamos FC ISL season 4 2017/2018

Pratik Chowdhary and Rowilson Rodrigues need to be worried about their career and put in a top-notch performance. Else, come May 2018, they would find themselves without an ISL club. The same holds true for Timothy Munmun Lugun.

Miguel Angel Portugal too will be concerned about his record which would certainly put a blemish on his managerial CV.

There is no argument about how Delhi have disintegrated as a team this season and the performances at both ends of the pitch have been nothing short of disastrous. Certainly, the ownership, management and the players need to take responsibility for the collective failure.

However, if they have any desire of not finishing at the bottom of the table, they need to make their home fixtures count. They have five more home games to go this season and at least 12 points from it might just see them end the season with their heads held high.

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One of the nicknames of the club was ‘The Pride’. If they fail to salvage their season, probably it would be a good time to get rid of the nickname in the first place.

Against Bengaluru FC, it’s a chance to sort out their honour. If the players cannot motivate themselves to at least put up a fight, certainly Delhi would end up with a wooden spoon.

It’s now or never for Delhi.