The Indian Super League is all set to commence on November 19th 2021. The tournament will take place in Goa for it’s entirety. This season will be different as every team must field 7 Indian players at all times. A tactical puzzle for every manager.
A secure bio bubble is also a key takeaway for this season. With bio bubble fatigue expected to kick in during a long and tiring season of football, the squad depth of the teams will be key.
Hyderabad FC, who finished 5th last season will look to build on after narrowly missing out the knockouts. The club have learnt a lot from last season and enter the new season with a stable setup at the helm of it all.
Manolo Marquez has been retained as the head coach of the team. Meanwhile, the club has been ambitious in the transfer window and have brought in exciting options for their manager.
ATMOSPHERE AT HYDERABAD FC
Manolo Marquez, who has experience with UD Las Palmas in Spain, has brought in several signings ahead of the campaign. Edu Garcia, Juanan and Bartholomew Ogbeche, all of them who have had their hands on the ISL trophy, will be a part Manolo’s plans.
Bartholomew Ogbeche is the third-highest goal scorer in the history of the ISL. His eye for the goal can make a huge difference for the men in yellow who look to make the knockout stage this season after missing out narrowly last season.
“I think we will need a lot of consistency, which sometimes tends to be the flaw in young players. I think Juanan knows the league better than any of us and they (the new foreigners) are top players. We will need their mentality and energy. The majority of the squad has been retained from last season. I only see us strive to do better this season and I’m sure we are going to have a great season together” – Bartholomew Ogbeche
Hyderabad FC has also managed to retain the core Indian players of their squad. Akash Mishra and Chinglensana Singh formed a formidable partnership in the backline last season. Mishra has all the qualities of a flying full-back and will look to exploit the spaces on his wing.
“I think it’s a learning process. Whoever I played with has been a good learning experience. It goes so fast in football. I look forward to continuing learning, improving, progressing, and enjoying the sport for as long as I can. It’s a blessing and I want to continue doing that.” – Chinlensana Singh
Goalkeepers: Gurmeet, Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Laxmikant Kattimani
Defenders: Chinglensana Singh, Juan Antonio Gonzalez Fernandez, Nikhil Prabhu, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Akash Mishra, Soraisam Pritamkumar Singh, Asish Rai
Midfielders: Joao Victor De Albuquerque Bruno, Aniket Anil Jadhav, Yasir Mohammad, Eduardo Garcia, Sahil Tavora, Hitesh Sharma, Hali Charan Narzary, Sauvik Chakrabarti, Nikhil Poojary, Abdul Rabeeh Anjukandan, Mark Zothanpuia
Forwards: Joel Chianese, Aaren D’silva, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Rohit Danu, Javier Siverio
Hyderabad FC kick off their season against Chennaiyin FC on 23rd November.
Hyderabad FC will hope to build on its foundation of young players and experienced foreigners. With their core of young Indian players retained and the addition of past Hero ISL winners like Bartholomew Ogbeche and Juanan to the fray, the Nizams seem well equipped to have a successful 2021-22 campaign.
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