Hero ISL 2022-23: Phil Brown picks Team of Matchweek 20
Hero Indian Super League (ISL) expert Phil Brown was tasked with selecting the Team of the Week for Matchweek 20 and he has come up with a team of outstanding players who have been simply brilliant in this matchweek.
The former Hyderabad FC manager has gone for one foreign player in defence, one in midfield, and two in attack.
Having opted a 4-3-3 formation, Brown has gone with four Bengaluru FC players following their impressive 1-0 victory against Kerala Blasters that extended their winning run to six games. FC Goa’s Noah Sadaoui also finds his place in the team of the week despite the defeat to Mumbai City FC.
For the pick of head coach, the 63-year-old selected Bengaluru FC’s Simon Grayson for turning the tide around at such a crucial stage of the season.
Here’s a look at Brown’s Team of Matchweek 20:
Samik Mitra (Chennaiyin FC)
I’ve picked him for his outstanding performance against East Bengal FC. He kept a clean sheet in the last game and it all came down to his commanding presence in the penalty box.
Prabir Das (Bengaluru FC)
He can play right-back for sure. He’s very comfortable on the ball.
Alan Costa (Bengaluru FC)
He is an absolute giant in the middle of the defence.
Sandesh Jhingan (Bengaluru FC)
He’s got his game back. I think it is the system that is suiting him but he’s certainly a commanding presence in the middle of that back four.
Aakash Sangwan (Chennaiyin FC)
Different class for me when he gets going forward but also a player who can defend the back post like a proper full-back
Rohit Kumar (Bengaluru FC)
He’s found his game in the last four or five matches and he is one of the main reasons why Bengaluru FC are on a winning run. It’s not just the goals that he’s contributed but his all-round performance especially in the midfield where he can defend, protect his back three/four and also get forward.
Anirudh Thapa (Chennaiyin FC)
Thapa has almost got back to his best. He will be absolutely banging the door of the national team again if he keeps up his performances like he did in the game against East Bengal FC.
Greg Stewart (Mumbai City FC)
It’s Matchweek 20 and Greg Stewart is still finding ways of astounding us with free-kicks, with bits of magic, moments of magic when the ball is at his feet.
Lallianzuala Chhangte (Mumbai City FC)
Again, his game is still with him. He doesn’t seem to be fazed by the fact that Mumbai City FC are now Shield holders and probably go on to do his work as usual. Still on top of his game, still contributing, both assists as well as scoring goals, it looks like he’ll be the first Indian in line for the Golden Boot award, which wouldn’t surprise me.
Diego Mauricio (Odisha FC)
He was the difference between the two teams, he led the line. He gave Hyderabad FC their hardest game of the season since Manolo Marquez came to India. He really was there throughout the match and deserves to be in the team of the week.
Noah Sadaoui (FC Goa)
Unfortunately, he was on the losing team but contributed to a side that scored three goals against one of the best defences in the league. They lost 5-3 but I still believe Noah Sadaoui makes the team of the week.
Simon Grayson (Bengaluru FC)
It’s a no brainer for me. 5-6 games on the bounce, wins coming into the business end of the season showing a lot of guts. I could have given it to Josep Gombau, that was one win in a poor run as he turned the corner against Hyderabad FC, but Simon Grayson has been unbelievable. His standard of management has galvanised a group of players that were going nowhere five or six games ago. Now, all of a sudden, they are challenging for the top six.