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ISL Shield Battle: Which player can be game-changer in Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City tie

Published at :April 15, 2024 at 2:52 PM
Modified at :April 15, 2024 at 6:47 PM
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Sattyik Sarkar

Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City have the firepower but sometimes it’s the individual brilliance which steals the show.

Follow the Live Action: Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City

The stage is set for a night of high-octane football as Mohun Bagan lock horns with Mumbai City FC in a high-stakes clash for the coveted ISL Shield. A win for the Mariners will see them etch their name in history by claiming their first-ever ISL Shield, while the Islanders will aim to create their own legacy by winning it consecutively for the second time in a row and third time overall. In this winner-takes-all encounter, two players, one from each side, hold the potential to be the game-changers and rewrite the narrative of the season – Dimitri Petratos for Mohun Bagan and Lallianzuala Chhangte for Mumbai City FC.

Dimitri Petratos: The orchestrator of Mohun Bagan’s attack

Dimitri Petratos, the Australian forward, has been the creative engine powering Mohun Bagan’s title charge. His technical elegance, vision, and passing range make him a constant threat on the field. Petratos’ ability to pick out teammates with pinpoint crosses and weave through defences to create scoring opportunities is a nightmare for opposition players.

For Mohun Bagan to clinch the ISL Shield, they need their attack to fire on all cylinders. This is where Petratos comes in. If he can dictate the tempo of the game and find pockets of space, he can unlock the attacking potential of the likes of Manvir Singh and Jason Cummings/Armando Sadiku. His set-piece delivery could also prove to be a vital weapon, with headers from the likes of Subhasish Bose or Anwar Ali a potential game-changer.

Lallianzuala Chhangte: Mumbai City’s speed demon

Lallianzuala Chhangte, the diminutive winger, embodies the attacking philosophy of Mumbai City FC. His electrifying pace, dribbling skills, and ability to deliver pin-point crosses make him a constant threat on the flanks. Chhangte’s direct running and ability to get past defenders can single-handedly change the course of a match.

Mumbai City FC’s approach will likely involve stretching the Mohun Bagan defence with Chhangte’s pace. If he can exploit any weaknesses on the flanks and deliver dangerous crosses into the box, it could create panic in the Mariners’ backline. Additionally, Chhangte’s ability to cut inside and take on defenders could open up space for Mumbai City’s attacking midfielders to create goal-scoring opportunities.

A night of nerve-wracking tension

This encounter promises to be a nerve-wracking affair with both teams desperate for glory. The performances of Dimitri Petratos and Lallianzuala Chhangte could be the pivotal factors that decide which team lifts the coveted ISL Shield. Petratos’ ability to unlock Mohun Bagan’s attack and Chhangte’s pace and dribbling skills on the flanks will keep the fans on the edge of their seats. Will it be the Mariners celebrating their maiden ISL Shield or will the Islanders rewrite history by clinching it consecutively? Only time will tell in this clash of the titans.

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