Atletico de Kolkata: Three players to watch out for...
One of the rare marquee players to have lived up to his reputation in the ISL, the midfielder has been the creative spark for his side. With Fikru out of tonight’s game, the onus to create goal-scoring opportunities will be greater for the Spaniard.
Jose Miguel Gonzalez Rey, or as he is more commonly known, Josemi, has been the rock in the center of Atletico de Kolkata’s defence. Tonight he will have his hands full trying to contain tricky Kerala Blasters FC’s forward Iain Hume.
The 33-year-old from Botswana has had a reassuring presence in the middle of the park for the Kolkata franchise. He has made 15 appearances so far, underlining his importance in the defensive midfield position.
Kerala Blasters: Three players to watch out for...
The Canadian striker has been a part of eight of the 13 goals the Kochi franchise have scored in the ISL, scoring five goals and assisting three. With his tireless running and deadly finishing, he can single-handedly change the course of the final.
He has been one of the finds of the ISL. The 22-year-old, who has played in central defence, left-back and right-back, has been a key reason why the franchise conceded just 11 goals in the league stage — the lowest among the eight-team league.
Another vital cog in a defence that has been among the most miserly in the ISL, the central defender has to stop Kolkata’s striker Mohammed Rafi tonight. The versatile Frenchman can also play at right-back and has an assist to his name.