Former Indian football captain and icon player Baichung Bhutiya has predicted Atletico de Kolkata as favourites to win inaugural Indian Super League final. Atletico de Kolkata will play to title decider against Kerala Blasters FC on 20 December, 2014 at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Atletico de Kolkata beat FC Goa in the semi-final round to qualify for the final. They won semifinal in penalties by 4-2 score.
Bhutiya said, “Final is all about a knock-out match and with the experience, they are the favourites.”
Kolkata haven’t played as per the talent team is having. Antonio Habas strategies are not so much aggressive till now in the ISL but still they are getting results.
“Yes they have not played the way they would have liked to but they have got the results. Habas has gone with a team that has given him results. Maybe they have gone a bit defensive and that’s the way he wanted it. Tactically, he’s been quite good. Discipline wise the XI he has brought in, they have played with same style and have not gone haywire. He knows what he’s exactly going,” Bhutiya added.
On Kerala Blasters FC Bhutiya mentioned that they had surprised themselves. They are not consistent in the league but still they have managed to reach in the final of Indian Super League. Kerala Blasters played wonderful game against Chennaiyin FC at home and beat them by 3-0.
Baichung Bhutiya said, “They have not been consistent and had a fairytale story. They had one brilliant game against Chennaiyin FC at home. They themselves are unsure of the results. I’ve spoken to them and nobody believes the way it has gone for them. You never know, they could have that perfect game. But if you looking at the team I think ATK looks the team to win the title.”