FC Goa are the only side who are yet to win a game this season.

The tables have turned for several clubs, as we finished the fourth gameweek of Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22. After that forgettable 3-1 defeat against Hyderabad FC, defending champions Mumbai City FC resumed normal service, winning the next two games against heavyweights ATK Mohun Bagan 5-1 and Bengaluru FC 3-1, rising to the top of the league table. FC Goa, meanwhile, remain nestled at the bottom.

High-flying Odisha FC are also back on the ground, with Kerala Blasters edging them 2-1 with an inspired display. Jamshedpur FC, with two wins and two draws and Chennayin FC with two wins and a draw, remain the only undefeated teams in the league so far. Here, we take a look at the team of the week:

Goalkeeper: Subhashish Roy Chowdhury (NorthEast United)

Khassa Camara may have hogged the limelight with an injury-time belter past Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, but the real credit for NorthEast United’s 2-1 win over FC Goa should go to captain Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, who has been putting in inspired displays under the bar. Five point-blank saves to keep the Highlanders in the game is no mean feat!

Right-Back: Reagan Singh (Chennaiyin FC)

Another outing saw another typical Reagan performance from the Chennaiyin FC right-back. He was solid at the back and contributed upfront with regularity.

Several attempted crosses – one of them creating a chance – and 76% passing percentage shows he had another strong outing against East Bengal. He played a key role in the clean-sheet and was the best Marina Machans player on the pitch.

Centre-Back: Mourtada Fall (Mumbai City)

Sergio Lobera brought Mourtada Fall with him to Mumbai City FC and Des Buckingham isn’t complaining at all. Not only was he the best defender on the pitch, Fall also contributed on the other side of the pitch with another headed goal – his 15th so far in the ISL. His four clearances and two interceptions made sure Bengaluru found just one gap to beat Mohammad Nawaz.  

ISL 2021-22 Team of Gameweek 4
ISL 2021-22 Team of Gameweek 4

Centre-Back: Enes Sipovic (Kerala Blasters)

It was Kerala Blasters’ first win of the season and they can thank an absolute herculean of a performance from centre-back Sipovic to earn those three points. He was an absolute rock at the back, with six interceptions and as many clearances.

Adding to that, Sipovic won all his ground duels and nearly 80% of the aerial duels, keeping the threat of Javi Hernandez and Aridai Cabrera at bay.

Left-Back: Hira Mondal (East Bengal)

After finding a place in the first week’s ISL 2021-22 TOTW, Mondal is back in the fold with a committed performance against Chennaiyin, that saw his side earn another precious draw.

He burned the left side of the pitch, keeping Reagan Singh always on the hunt for spaces behind him. Defensively too, the 25-year-old was solid. His solitary cross found its target, but the header didn’t disturb the back of the net.

Defensive Midfielder: Apuia Ralte (Mumbai City)

The Mumbai City-Bengaluru FC game was one of the best tactical battles we’ve witnessed in recent times and the JSW team came prepared to disrupt the rhythm of the Islanders.

To do that, they targeted Lalengmawia, the teenager brimming with talent. However, the former NEUFC midfielder wriggled past most challenges and went home with the Man of the Match award. What a display from the youngster!  

Central Midfielder: Jitendra Singh (Jamshedpur FC)

Jitendra Singh hasn’t been making a lot of noise, but has been consistently doing his job quietly. A former East Bengal player, he had one of his best outings in recent times against ATK Mohun Bagan.

After finding Seminlen Doungel for the first goal, he also ensured that all traffic in the middle of the park was blocked; winning all eight ground duels he participated in. Tenacious!

Right Winger: Seiminlen Doungel (Jamshedpur FC)

Len Doungel’s goal against ATKMB

He was subbed off injured and Owen Coyle wouldn’t be happy about that because Doungel was gaining pace and form. He had an impressive outing against FC Goa, was clinical against Hyderabad FC and finally found the back of the net with a smooth finish against ATK Mohun Bagan. The Men of Steel will miss his services if he’s out for long!

Attacking Midfielder: Adrian Luna (Kerala Blasters)

Adrian Luna
Luna has registered the most assists and created the most big chances in ISL 2021-22 to-date (Courtesy- KBFC Media)

What a player Luna has been since he’s arrived in the summer break ahead of ISL 2021-22. Hardworking to the core, the Uruguayan always looks for space and against Odisha FC he did the same.

After finding Alvaro Vazquez with a no-look through ball, he found Prashant K in between the lines for the second goal. Apart from these two, he also created two solid chances.

Left Winger: Rochharzela (NorthEast United)

Here’s Rochharzela’s goal against FC Goa

Rochharzela has always had the talent since he broke onto the scene, playing for Aizawl FC in the I-league. Against FC Goa, he scored his first ISL goal in the 2021-22 season and looks eager for more.

He’s set to be given more freedom to venture forward by Khalid Jamil, given his heroics in front of goal. Not just the goal, the winger also recycled possession well.

Striker: Igor Angulo (Mumbai City)

Angulo’s penalty against BFC

The commentator has more often than not said that this man has ice in his veins and we couldn’t agree more. Angulo is your typical striker in terms of ability, but with an added layer of calm under pressure.

Against Bengaluru FC, he converted from the spot in his usual demeanour and held up play well to link with Vikram Pratap Singh, Bipin Singh and Cassio Gabriel. This man is on song, already!

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