After five months, 116 matches, more than 10,530 minutes of footballing action, the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2022-23 season has reached its summit, the Hero ISL final, which will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Goa, on Saturday.

Nail-biting moments, breath-taking action, spectacular goals, exuberant atmospheres were the highlights of the Hero ISL playoffs. With the pathway carved only for two teams – it was Simon Grayson’s Bengaluru FC and Juan Ferrando’s ATK Mohun Bagan who reigned supreme, who will now square off in the final for the ultimate prize – the Hero ISL trophy.

Ahead of the highly-anticipated clash between the two teams, we take a look at the combined eleven of the two teams comprising the best players carefully picked by experts Erik Paartalu, Paul Masefield, and Phil Brown.

Erik Paartalu’s combined XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Vishal Kaith (ATK Mohun Bagan)

Defenders: Asish Rai (ATK Mohun Bagan); Pritam Kotal [C] (ATK Mohun Bagan); Sandesh Jhingan (Bengaluru FC); Roshan Naorem (Bengaluru FC)

Midfielders: Carl McHugh (ATK Mohun Bagan); Rohit Kumar (Bengaluru FC); Sivasakthi Narayanan (Bengaluru FC); Javi Hernandez (Bengaluru FC); Hugo Boumous (ATK Mohun Bagan)

Forwards: Dimitri Petratos (ATK Mohun Bagan)

Head Coach: Simon Grayson (Bengaluru FC)

Paul Masefield’s combined XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Vishal Kaith (ATK Mohun Bagan)

Defenders: Asish Rai (ATK Mohun Bagan); Pritam Kotal (ATK Mohun Bagan); Brendan Hamill (ATK Mohun Bagan); Roshan Naorem (Bengaluru FC)

Midfielders: Rohit Kumar (Bengaluru FC); Carl McHugh [C] (ATK Mohun Bagan); Suresh Singh Wangjam (Bengaluru FC)

Forwards: Sivasakthi Narayanan (Bengaluru FC); Javi Hernandez (Bengaluru FC); Dimitri Petratos (ATK Mohun Bagan)

Head Coach: Simon Grayson (Bengaluru FC)

Phil Brown’s combined XI

Formation: 3-5-2

Goalkeeper: Vishal Kaith (ATK Mohun Bagan)

Defenders: Pritam Kotal (ATK Mohun Bagan); Aleksandar Jovanovic (Bengaluru FC); Slavko Damjanovic (ATK Mohun Bagan)

Midfielders: Asish Rai (ATK Mohun Bagan); Carl McHugh (ATK Mohun Bagan); Suresh Singh Wangjam (Bengaluru FC); Rohit Kumar (Bengaluru FC); Roshan Naorem (Bengaluru FC) 

Forwards: Sivasakthi Narayanan (Bengaluru FC) and Roy Krishna (Bengaluru FC)

Head Coach: Juan Ferrando (ATK Mohun Bagan)