Yesterday, ATK has created a new history in the Indian Super League and has clinched the ISL trophy for the third time defeating the underdogs Chennaiyin FC by 3-1 in Goa where the match was played in closed doors due to the coronavirus fears.
Though it was looking quite odd without any supporters, nevertheless, the league favourites ATK kept their composure and under the managerial role of their lucky coach Antonio Habas, ATK won the league in style.
The Kolkata franchise won their third league title in six years to become the most successful team in the competition, thanks to the likes of Roy Krishna, David Williams, Edu Garcia & Javi Hernandez, ATK did have dominating campaign overall.
Habas has been the key to the success of ATK and the wonderful performance from the Indian players like Arindam Bhattacharya, Pritam Kotal, Prabir Das, Pronay Halder, ATK has managed to win the league title without any difficulties.
ATK’s defence, as well as a strong attacking play, has impressed all of us, Roy Krishna grabbing 15 goals for them to help climb the league table. ATK defeated Sunil Chhetri’s Bengaluru FC to reach the final while Chennaiyin, who were looking to be weak at the start of the league, defeated another favourite FC Goa to find a spot in the finals.
Both ATK and Chennaiyin played well but ATK played smartly to convert the chances to goals while Owen Coyle’s side did miss some golden chances while made some great saves as well. The brace of Javi Hernandez and the important saves from Arindam Bhattacharya made the day for ATK.
ATK’s Sumit Rathi grabbed the ISL Emerging Player of the League while Roy Krishna missed the Golden Boot to Nerijus Valskis of Chennaiyin for his goal in the second half and Krishna missed the second half due to injury.
Antonio Habas has now become the first coach in the history of the competition to have won the league title twice while ATK becomes the only side to have won the ISL final each time they have managed to qualify. Kudos to all the hard work, well-deserved win ATK!!!
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