The wait is finally over! The long wait since Durand Cup 2022 is over as footballing action is back in India. The glitzy and glamorous Indian Super League (ISL) is all set to kick-start from today with Kolkata giants East Bengal FC and Kerala Blasters FC crossing swords. The match will be taking place in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.
While Stephen Constantine will be making his ISL debut in this match, Ivan Vukomanovic will be looking to emulate last season’s antics. Both the teams look formidable on paper, and now their execution on the field will be one to watch out for.
There are a lot of fresh new faces in both the dugouts and we will be hoping that we witness a pulsating affair tonight. In this article, we take a look at the top 3 players to watch out for in tonight’s match:
1. Cleiton Silva (East Bengal FC)
Undoubtedly East Bengal FC’s biggest signing in this year’s transfer window, Brazilian striker Cleiton Silva will be the lynchpin of the Red and Gold Brigade. The 35-year-old played alongside talismanic Indian striker Sunil Chhetri last season in Bengaluru FC and netted 9 goals. He will be looking forward to the fresh new challenges and obstacles in the Kolkata-based club.
2. Victor Mongil (Kerala Blasters FC)
Spanish defender Victor Mongil forms the backbone of Kerala Blaster’s defence department. The 30-year-old was a part of Odisha FC in ISL 2021-22 and will be looking to lead the charge in the Kochi-based club. His height makes him quite intimidating and his body blocks are one to watch out for.
3. Ivan Gonzalez (East Bengal FC)
Another player who will be a vital cog in the wheels of East Bengal FC is Ivan Gonzalez. The 32-year-old Spaniard was a part of FC Goa in the last 3 seasons and had played 36 games for the Gaurs. Ivan Gonzalez will be a very important part of East Bengal FC and his skillset will be put to test in this opening game encounter.