Team of the Week: Best XI from Gameweek 15
The Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 league stage is nearing its final lap, with almost every club apart from Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United FC having played 15 games or more. The battle for the precious top spot is intensifying, with FC Goa, Bengaluru FC and ATK FC going all out for the summit. The same can be said about the multi-team race for fourth place as well.
Staying true to the spirit and urgency at hand, Gameweek 15 witnessed a lot of mesmerizing performances, with 11 individuals finding their way into the team of the week based on their ratings. Here are the best of the best from the recently-concluded Gameweek:
1. Arindam Bhattacharja (ATK FC)
The ATK FC custodian retains his place from last Gameweek, with another clean sheet to his name, this time against Jamshedpur FC. The ATK custodian had two saves, three clearances and two catches to his name in the match.
2. Mato Grgic (Mumbai City FC)
The Croatian continued his fine form in Mumbai's wins over NorthEast United and Jamshedpur this Gameweek. Against the Highlanders, Grgic accounted for 15 clearances which helped Mumbai earn a clean sheet. In the win over Jamshedpur, Grgic was successful with both his tackles and completed 10 further clearances.
3. Anas Edathodika (ATK FC)
ATK’s fluid forward line led by striker Roy Krishna might have grabbed the headlines in their win over Jamshedpur FC, but the club’s defence played an equally important role in the victory, ensuring that the home side were kept at bay. Anas, making his return to the starting XI after a long time, was a central figure in ATK’s stellar defensive display on the night, accounting for a massive 14 clearances, five interceptions and three blocks.
4. Pratik Chaudhari (Mumbai City FC)
After missing Mumbai’s win over NorthEast due to a suspension, the defender returned to the starting XI against Jamshedpur FC in the Islanders’ second match of the Gameweek and played a crucial part in the team’s victory. Besides assisting Bidyananda Singh’s late winner in the tie, Pratik created a further two chances, put in two successful tackles and made 14 clearances. He also had a passing accuracy of 92%.
5. Hugo Boumous (FC Goa)
Despite having parted ways with long-time head coach Sergio Lobera, the Gaurs hardly showed any nerves in their comprehensive 4-1 win over Hyderabad FC on Wednesday. Hugo Boumous continued his stunning form with a brace, including a brilliant solo goal, and an assist. Additionally, the Frenchman created four chances, completed 41 passes and had four attempts on goal.
6. Rafael Crivellaro (Chennaiyin FC)
Owen Coyle’s men produced a memorable performance in their 6-3 win away to Kerala Blasters FC last Saturday. Crivellaro was almost unplayable in the encounter, as he scored two goals and played a part in two other. The ruthlessness and creativity demonstrated by the Chennaiyin No.50 was a sight to behold.
7. Lallianzuala Chhangte (Chennaiyin FC)
Like Crivellaro, the India international was a livewire for the visitors in the win over Kerala Blasters. Chhangte grabbed a brace, but more importantly had a devastating effect on the Kerala defence with his lightning-quick pace and dribbling ability. He also created one chance and all three of his shots were on target.
8. Diego Carlos (Mumbai City FC)
Carlos was sensational for the Islanders this Gameweek, scoring the winner against NorthEast, and then assisting Amine Chermiti's equalizer against Jamshedpur. He created four other chances in the Jamshedpur tie, whilst putting in a staggering 13 crosses which helped his side to a late victory.
9. Bartholomew Ogbeche (Kerala Blasters FC)
On a disappointing night for Eelco Schattorie’s men, Ogbeche emerged as the only positive and proved why he is regarded as one of the most lethal marksmen in the Hero ISL. He scored the Hero ISL 2019-20’s first hat-trick in the 6-3 loss to Chennaiyin, with all his goals coming in the second half.
10. Roy Krishna (ATK FC)
The nippy forward ended his mini-goal drought in ATK’s 3-0 win over Jamshedpur last Sunday. Krishna scored two goals and provided the assist for Edu Garcia’s strike. Furthermore, the Fijian created two chances and continuously troubled the make-shift Jamshedpur defence with his pace and trickery.
11. Edu Garcia (ATK FC)
Operating in tandem with Krishna, the Spaniard kept the Jamshedpur defence guessing and should have scored more than the one goal he registered in the contest. Nonetheless, Garcia will be pleased with his exploits against Jamshedpur, wherein he created three chances, provided an assist and had seven attempts at the opposition goal.
Gameweek 15 matches:
Match 71: Mumbai City FC 1-0 NorthEast United FC
Match 72: Kerala Blasters FC 3-6 Chennaiyin FC
Match 73: Jamshedpur FC 0-3 ATK FC
Match 74: FC Goa 4-1 Hyderabad FC
Match 75: Mumbai City FC 2-1 Jamshedpur FC
Who do you think was the standout player from Gameweek 15 of Hero ISL 2019-20?