These players showed their class with some brilliant performances in the week gone by.
The 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) season reached the halfway mark in the previous week and what a season it is turning out to be. The last week just showed us how competitive this league is. Only four points separate the top seven teams!
The week started with drama at Bambolim as Jamshedpur FC overcame NorthEast United in a 3-2 humdinger. SC East Bengal put up a resolute performance to snatch a point and a clean-sheet against defending champions Mumbai City FC. The Islanders have run a bit off steam and will need to quickly pick themselves up.
In the final game of ISL 2021-22 gameweek 11, Kerala Blasters overcame Hyderabad FC in a tight game to win 1-0. As a result, the Yellow Army closed out the week as table-toppers for the first time since the inaugural season of the ISL.
The previous week witnessed some splendid performances from the players. So here are the players who were picked to become part of our ISL 2021-22 team of the week for Gameweek 11.
Goalkeeper: Debjit Majumder (Chennaiyin FC)
Debjit is one of four players who retain their spot in the team of the week from Gameweek 10. The goalkeeper was once again a strong presence in goal for the Marina Machans, albeit in a losing cause. Debjit made four saves and three punches, clearances and catches respectively to keep his side in the game.
Ultimately, he was undone by a brilliant long-range effort from Jorge Ortiz. But Debjit’s heroics helped keep Chennaiyin FC in the game. It could have even helped the Marina Machans to a draw and a point off the Gaurs.
Right-back: Asish Rai (Hyderabad FC)
Asish Rai put in a tireless shift at wing-back covering attack and defence. He had the most touches by any player on the night against Kerala Blasters.
Asish created two chances (joint-highest by an Hyderabad FC player) and sent in seven crosses. He completed 56% of his passes and won three out of his four attempted tackles. He also made two clearances and made three successful interceptions. Another player who stood out despite being on the losing side.
Centre-back: Marko Leskovic (Kerala Blasters)
Marko Leskovic continues to impress and is in our ISL 2021-22 Team of the Week for the second gameweek running. Leskovic has rather been overshadowed by his illustrious foreign counterparts in Kerala’s attack.
But the defender excelled during his side’s game against Hyderabad FC. Six clearances, one block, two interceptions, and one tackle add gloss to his quality on Sunday night. He was never dribbled past throughout the match. This speaks volumes of his efforts, considering the quality of the attack he was up against.
Centre-back: Adil Khan (SC East Bengal)
Adil gave a lion-hearted performance in defence for the Red and Gold Brigade. He led SC East Bengal to get a clean-sheet and a point against Mumbai City FC. The mere fact that they defanged this season’s top goalscorers shows how good the defensive performance was.
The former Hyderabad FC man chipped in with one successful tackle, two interceptions, two blocked shots and 11 clearances.
Left-back: Jessel Carneiro (Kerala Blasters)
The southerners’ captain led his side to the top spot with their win against Hyderabad FC. He didn’t contribute a lot in the attacking end (only one cross) but did a great job defensively. He has now made a hat-trick of appearances in our ISL 2021-22 Team of the Week!
The left-back won two tackles, made four interceptions and two clearances including one on the goal line. His quality helped Kerala thwart Hyderabad FC’s attack on the right. He kept Nikhil Poojary and Asish Rai in check for most parts of the game. But his performance came at a personal cost as Carneiro suffered a shoulder injury in the final moments of the game. Both the club and their fans will be hoping that all is well with the spirited left-back.
Right midfield: Boris Singh (Jamshedpur FC)
The midfielder gave an all-round performance in Jamshedpur’s win over NorthEast United. He scored the Men of Steel’s second of the night and attempted four shots. One of those were on target (the goal) and two were blocked. Boris completed 68% of his passes and showed tremendous work-rate off the ball as well. He won one tackle and made one clearance and one interception respectively.
Central midfield: Edu Bedia (FC Goa)
FC Goa’s midfield metronome once again finds his way into our Team of the Week. Edu Bedia’s class on the ball was unmatched in FC Goa’s tight 1-0 win against Chennaiyin FC.
The midfielder had a staggering 114 touches on the ball. He completed 78% of his passes and created one chance. He was fouled four times and won two of his three attempted tackles. Bedia also made three interceptions and three crosses into the box. His energy, awareness, and skill on the ball helped FC Goa vanquish Chennaiyin FC in the midfield battle.
Central midfield: Glan Martins (FC Goa)
Glan complemented Edu Bedia superbly in FC Goa’s midfield against Chennaiyin FC. His pressing upfront helped buckle Chennaiyin FC down in their own half. He also added well in the offence, completing 84% of his passes and creating two chances. His only shot was on target and almost fetched FC Goa a goal. But Jorge Ortiz ultimately fluffed his lines and placed his shot wide. Glan Martins won one of his four attempted tackles, made one clearance and three interceptions in his side’s win.
Left midfield: Adrian Luna (Kerala Blasters)
The Uruguayan continues to mesmerize oppositions in ISL 2021-22 with his class. Against Hyderabad FC, the Kerala Blasters ace did a great job yet again. He showed outstanding work rate and was omnipresent on the pitch. He also showed a great eye to set his teammates through.
Luna created one chance and put in three crosses to his forwards. He also won three tackles and made one interception to show outstanding commitment to his team’s cause. The former Melbourne City FC man is surely staking his claim as one of the top buys of this season.
Centre forward: Jordan Murray (Jamshedpur FC)
A former Kerala Blaster player, Jordan Murray is slowly getting back to his best levels at Jamshedpur FC. The Australian showed his class in his side’s 3-2 win against NorthEast United.
Murray started off with some shoddy finishing. But he slowly grew into the game and his bullet header fetched Jamshedpur their opening goal of the night. Murray took six shots, with half of them on target (including the goal). He also created three chances on the night (second highest for Jamshedpur FC after Greg Stewart) and completed 84% of his passes to cap off a complete performance on the night.
Centre forward: Alvaro Vazquez (Kerala Blasters)
Like Murray, Alvaro Vazquez is slowly getting into his groove in the ISL. The Spaniard has been in a brilliant run of form and continued it with a man of the match performance against Hyderabad FC. The former Espanyol and Getafe man scored his fourth of the season against the Nizams and what a strike it was!
Vazquez scored the only goal of the game, a brilliant volley past Kattimani just before half-time. Vazquez took five shots with three of them on target. He also won two tackles and made two clearances. Like Luna, Vazquez was omnipresent on the pitch for the Blasters and a constant menace for Hyderabad FC.