Does ATK Mohun Bagan have what it takes to win the AFC Cup?

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ATK Mohun Bagan is a merger of two powerhouses of Indian football – ATK and Mohun Bagan. The club has won three ISL titles and one runner-up finish in its maiden run for the competition.

Above all, When it comes to winning Antonio Lopez Habas has experience like no other coach. For instance, the coach has a reputation of adopting a pragmatic approach when it comes to coaching more or less translates into giving importance to results over performance.

“The idea is to play well and win. Sometimes, the characteristics in a match are different. We have to analyze (during) the match and control the game accordingly. The opponent also plays to make it difficult when you propose one thing” Antonio Lopez Habas.

Coach Antonio Habas of ATK Mohun Bagan


ATK Mohun Bagan’s hierarchy has already made it clear that they want the team to be constantly competing in the AFC Cup to be recognized among Asia’s best. Not only its coach but the squad has many promising Indian players with great capabilities.

The main man who ATKMB will put all their hopes upon is their talisman, Roy Krishna. The Fijian had an exceptional debut season in the ISL last term, scoring 15 goals and also managing six assists. His finishing prowess is unquestioned.

Prabir Das is one of the unsung hero of ATKMB. His fantastic crosses are a key part of ATK’s attacking success, so he’ll be crucial for not only maintaining a good defensive record but also delivering quality balls into the box and create chances on a regular basis. Sandesh Jhingan, the dominant center-back can adapt his game to different occasions and thrives under pressure.

With his excellent game-reading ability, a knack for making clutch clearances, and willingness to play out from the back, the defender will be key to holding together an impenetrable line for ATKMB. They also have many international players which makes the whole squad promising and powerful.

 “The new entity holds vast potential for not just West Bengal or Indian football but internationally too, as we endeavor to establish Indian clubs as strong players in AFC competitions.”-Nita Ambani, founder, and chairperson, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL).

ATK Mohun Bagan in total is a package of promising players and an exceptionally good coach which makes it chances of putting up a great show in the AFC Cup very high. Many eyes will be on this club’s performance as everyone is expecting a good games from the boys.

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