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Mohun Bagan Super Giant: Road to ISL 2023-24 Final

Published at :May 2, 2024 at 5:19 PM
Modified at :May 2, 2024 at 5:19 PM
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Keshava Verma

The Mariners can complete a domestic treble with a win in the ISL final

Ahead of the start of the 2023-24 ISL season, Mohun Bagan Super Giant were rather the biggest prospect for the upcoming season. Having made a number of staggering moves in the market, Mohun Bagan were flying high and had the strongest team in the league on paper. 

The Mariners started their season just as they were expected to, and remained undefeated after the first seven league games. Fortunes then took a steep turn for the Red and Maroons, as they lost three games back to back thereafter before the international break put the league to a halt. 

It was during this break, that the club made one of its most important and impactful decisions, which would go on to transform this Mohun Bagan team, into the powerhouse that they are at the moment. On the 3rd of January, Mohun Bagan mutually terminated Juan Ferrando’s contract and placed Antonio Lopez Habas back into the driving seat, to take this caravan of talented troops, all the way to glory. 

Out of the 12 league games Habas managed thereon, Mohun Bagan lost only once, winning nine of those 12 games. The Mariners also finished top of the table and won their maiden ISL Shield with Habas acting as the guiding light for them throughout.

With that being said, Let us look at the team’s road to the 2023-24 ISL playoffs. 

  • Mohun Bagan SG 3-1 Punjab FC
  • Mohun Bagan SG 1-0 Bengaluru FC
  • Chennaiyin FC 1-3 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Jamshedpur FC 2-3 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Hyderabad FC 0-2 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Mohun Bagan SG 2-2 Odisha FC
  • Northeast United FC 1-3 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Mumbai City FC 2-1 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Mohun Bagan SG 1-4 FC Goa
  • Mohun Bagan SG 0-1 Kerala Blasters
  • Mohun Bagan SG 2-2 East Bengal FC
  • Mohun Bagan SG 2-0 Hyderabad FC
  • FC Goa 0-1 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Mohun Bagan SG 4-2 Northeast United FC
  • Odisha FC 0-0 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Mohun Bagan SG 3-0 Jamshedpur FC
  • East Bengal FC 1-3 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Kerala Blasters FC 3-4 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Mohun Bagan SG 2-3 Chennaiyin FC
  • Punjab FC 0-1 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Bengaluru FC FC 0-4 Mohun Bagan SG
  • Mohun Bagan SG 2-1 Mumbai City FC

In the semi-finals, Mohun Bagan took on Sergio Lobera’s Odisha FC, who inflicted damage on the Mariners in the first leg, with a 2-1 win. But the return fixture in Kolkata saw a hostile crowd of over 60,000 fans, cheer Mohun Bagan into scripting another extraordinary comeback, to seal their spot in the final, where they now face Mumbai City FC at the Salt Lake Stadium.

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