The emphatic 4-0 triumph of Mohun Bagan Super Giant over Bengaluru FC at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium on Thursday has set the stage for a monumental clash for the League Shield against Mumbai City FC on the final day.

As the season nears its conclusion, all attention is focused on the impending showdown between two heavyweights, Mumbai City FC and Mohun Bagan Super Giant. With the League Shield up for grabs, the final day promises to be a battle of epic proportions, where every tackle, save, and goal could help carve their names into the history books.

Notably, this marks the second occasion in Indian Super League history where the winner of the League Shield will be determined on the last day of the regular season through a match between Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Mumbai City FC. Previously, the Islanders emerged victorious with a 2-0 win against the Mariners to claim their first-ever League Shield during the 2020-21 season with better head-to-head record. Once again, the Islanders hold a slender advantage, with a draw enough for them to retain the League Shield, while the Mariners must secure a victory to clinch the Shield for the first time.

Both teams experienced changes in their coaching staff mid-season and grappled with injuries to key players. However, they have surmounted these challenges with unwavering determination, leaving an indelible mark on the season. As anticipation builds for the crucial encounter at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Monday, let's reflect on the remarkable achievements, whether as a collective unit or through individual performances.

  • Both Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Mumbai City FC have had 15 different goal scorers so far this season, the joint-most for any team in a single campaign in league history.
  • Mohun Bagan Super Giant have earned 28 points from away games in the 2023-24 season (W9 D1 L1), the most by any team from such games in the league stage of a single season; the Mariners’ 2.55 points per away game this season edges out Mumbai City FC’s average of 2.5 points per away game in the league stage of the 2022-23 season (25 points from 10 games).
  • Mohun Bagan Super Giant have scored at least twice in 14 games in 2023-24, their highest tally of such games in a single season; indeed, the Mariners have won nine games this season by a margin of multiple goals, again their highest in a single season in the league.
  • For the first time in Indian Super League history, three different Indian players have recorded 10+ goal contributions in a single season: Lallianzuala Chhangte (12 – 6 goals, 6 assists), Vikram Partap Singh (10 – 7 goals, 3 assists), and Manvir Singh (10 – 3 goals, 7 assists), reaching the milestone in the 2023-24 season. In fact, Lallianzuala Chhangte is the first player since Sunil Chhetri to achieve this feat in multiple seasons, and the first player to do so in consecutive seasons.
  • Lallianzuala Chhangte (Mumbai City FC) has scored and assisted at least one goal each in six matches in the Indian Super League, the most by any Indian player in a single season in competition history.

On the final day, where dreams will either be realized or dashed away in dramatic fashion, it presents an opportunity for both teams to achieve several other feats besides the already broken records.

  • Mumbai City FC are currently on 47 points from 21 games, a win against Mohun Bagan Super Giant will make the Islanders the first team to reach the milestone of 50 points in the Indian Super League; it would also make Mumbai City FC the first team to win the ISL shield in successive seasons.
  • Mohun Bagan Super Giant are currently on 45 points from 21 games; a win against Mumbai City FC will see the Mariners reach 48 points, which would be the highest points tally for any team in the Indian Super League; it will also give the Mariners their first league shield and will also be the first time that a team managed by Antonio Lopez Habas would finish on the top of the table in the league stage.
  • If Mumbai City FC avoid defeat in the final league game of the season against Mohun Bagan Super Giant, they will equal the record for the fewest matches lost in the league phase in any season of the Indian Super League (2 – Mumbai City FC in 2022-23, ATK in 2016).
  • Petr Kratky has accumulated 33 points in his first 15 games in charge in the Indian Super League, the joint highest in the league alongside Albert Roca; a win against Mumbai City FC would see him accumulate the outright highest points tally after the first 16 matches by any manager in competition history.
  • Manvir Singh (Mohun Bagan Super Giant) has registered seven assists in the 2023-24 Indian Super League season, tied with Mahesh Naorem (in 2022-23) and Roshan Singh (in 2021-22) for the highest tally by an Indian player in a single season; an assist against Mumbai City FC would see Manvir record the outright most assists by an Indian player in a single ISL season.
  • Dimitri Petratos has recorded a goal contribution in each of his last six Indian Super League games; recording a goal or an assist against Mumbai City FC would see Petratos’ streak improve the seven games, the outright longest run of such games for a Mohun Bagan Super Giant player (Roy Krishna – 6 games).