Hero ISL 2022-23: Paul Masefield picks team of Matchweek 15

Hero Indian Super League (ISL) expert and commentator Paul Masefield picks his team for Matchweek 15 of the Hero ISL 2022-23.

Masefield chose a mix of players from six different clubs in his playing XI, consisting of three foreign players, one in midfield and two in attack.

For the pick of head coach, the 52-year-old chose Mumbai City FC’s Des Buckingham for his excellent defensive display that earned them their 12th win of the season.

Here goes Paul Masefield’s Team of the Week:

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper:

Phurba Lachenpa (Mumbai City FC)

An absolutely unbelievable second 45 minutes for him when he played against ATK Mohun Bagan. He single-handedly kept his side in the contest and ensured that they kept a clean sheet and got the win to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Defenders:

Rahul Bheke (Mumbai City FC)

Didn’t put a foot wrong, defended like a trooper.

Mehtab Singh (Mumbai City FC)

He’s getting better and better, game on game, same as Rahul Bheke.

Anwar Ali (FC Goa)

He slots in there in the centre-back position as well. Another big performance from him, he’s absolutely turning out to be completely solid and is a player to watch out for in the future, no question about that.

Aakash Sangwan (Chennaiyin FC)

He was absolutely fantastic again. Bombing up and down the line, he built on from when he got the Hero of the Match award a couple of games ago. All of a sudden, he’s really starting to look like a contender to be able to push for the national team.

Midfielders:  

Rohit Kumar (Bengaluru FC)

He has the energy to bomb up and down the field alongside his teammate Suresh Singh Wangjam.

Suresh Singh Wangjam (Bengaluru FC)

He has that fight in him, the tenacity in the middle of the park makes him worthy in the team of the week.

Ahmed Jahouh (Mumbai City FC)

He is one of the best ballplayers in the league. But what you saw from him in the game against ATK Mohun Bagan are his defensive duties. He was absolutely fantastic back there in his own defence, clearing lines, making short challenges while going in, but keeping cool, calm head, and composure as well which is why he makes the team of the week.

Forwards:   

Wilmar Gil (NorthEast United FC)

He’s come in and been an absolute revelation at NorthEast United FC. It’s the first time that I’ve chosen a NorthEast United FC player to be in the team of the week and he thoroughly deserves to be in it.

Petar Sliskovic (Chennaiyin FC)

Sliskovic plays with his back to the goal, he also brings others into play but he doesn’t just admire what he’s done, he spins in, gets himself into the box, and looks to get into the end of things as well. Another goal and another solid performance from him.

Ritwik Das (Jamshedpur FC)

He can’t stop scoring at the moment. The ability that he’s got when he runs up players and causes all sorts of issues and problems, he’s second to none. He’s got real quality in his game. He is going to be knocking on the national team door very soon.

Head Coach:

Des Buckingham (Mumbai City FC)

You have a look at how he set up his team, they defended unbelievably. The first-half they were brilliant, going forwards on the frontfoot, taking the game to ATK Mohun Bagan. Then, he turned around in the second 45 minutes and set his team up to ensure that they took the points. That, for me, is a very intelligent coach and that’s why he’s my coach of the week.    

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