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6:30 PM: Hello everyone and welcome to Khel Now’s LIVE COVERAGE of ATK Mohun Bagan vs Kerala Blasters in Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22. Led by head coach Antonio Habas, the Mariners began their campaign today in what is also the season opener of the league. Ivan Vukomanovic-led Kerala Blasters will look to pose a tough challenge against last season’s finalists today. Kick-off is just an hour away!
I’m your host Sattyik Sarkar, and I’ll be keeping you company through what promises a fascinating evening of football.
Preview: ATK Mohun Bagan, Kerala Blasters look to cash-in on ISL season opener
ATK Mohun Bagan vs Kerala Blasters: Building up
There’s a general thinking that the first games in a new league season are not really that important. For a team like ATK Mohun Bagan, that would be unacceptable. After coming up barely short last season and losing out the title to Mumbai City, the Mariners aim to make amends. They will look to build an unassailable lead at the top of the table quickly and get ahead of the pack from the get-go.
With this game being their first competitive once since the 0-6 loss to FC Nasaf in the AFC Cup, a lot rides on it. Another loss or draw could dent their momentum from the get-go. Habas’ side has to play to their strengths and prove their reputation as title contenders by coming up with a dominant display to start the season in an emphatic fashion.
For Kerala Blasters, this could finally be their much-awaited season with redemption. They have made a number of changes under Vukomanovic – both structurally as well as within the squad. With a new look foreign contingent and exciting young squad, there’s an aura of excitement around the club this season.
However, nothing will really be proven unless they can tough it out on a pitch. If they suffer a crushing defeat in the first game itself, it could disrupt all the confidence around the team. The Blasters have to keep their nerves intact for this one. They have to stick to Vukomanovic’s game plan, work hard and not give the Mariners much space to maneuver in order to start the season with a victory and prove that they will not be pushovers in this campaign.
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