ATK Mohun Bagan: Winning Now, Losing Later?

After winning what seemed to be a dreadful match against Hyderabad in a 2-1 split, ATK Mohun Bagan is facing problems. Most have to do with regards to how they will function in the next game. There are numerous calls that the powerful team will have to bear with what they have now and hope it doesn’t affect their standing so much in the Indian Super League.

The number of injuries that had to be resolved in preparation for future matches rose with some powerful players like Hugo Boumous and carl McHugh taking off in just the first half of the game. Alongside, Williams and Singh got injured next to these players, which means that the team will have to change strategies and defence to cope with the players they have only.

The Spanish boss of the team, Juan Ferrando, says that they won over Hyderabad but at what cost? These injuries are one that will take a lot of time before finishing, so that is not going to be the best thing to look forward to when you have numerous upcoming matches your way.

Ferrando hopes that his predictions don’t come to life. But what will happen with ATK Mohun Bagan considering their lineup for the next match with Northeast United might not be as effective as what they had against Hyderabad. Ferrando is taking the steps to reconcile with this matter. If you want to know more about this, keep on reading. 


ATK Mohun Bagan

Coming from the West of Kolkata, ATK Mohun Bagan is known for being one of the top teams in the Indian Super League consistently. They very much have the same level of enthusiasm as Goa with regards to football, and they have a good amount of sponsorship to make up for their needs for resources when needed.

ATK Mohun Bagan is known for being one of the

If you didn’t know, ATK Mohun Bagan is a merged team of Mohun Bagan AC and ATK FC, and it was only from 2021 that ATK Mohun Bagan has been used to register the merged team. So, you essentially have two drivers under one team, but the main owner remains to be the RPSG Group chairman, Sanjiv Goenka.

There is great competition against East Bengal and Mohammedan for ATK Mohun Bagan, considering that these teams are in only one city. Still, one can say that ATK Mohun Bagan gets the most needs and wants as a team compared to the other two teams mentioned.

There were many changes that took place in the team. For one, Habas used to be the head coach of ATK Mohun Bagan, but he resigned after winning zero out of four matches, which has been the longest losing streak for the team. Second, ATK Mohun Bagan imported bigger people into the squad, such as Liston Colaco ($161K) and Hugo Boumous ($250K). ATK Mohun Bagan also signed Joni Kauko, who had recently played in UEFA Euro 2020 as a midfielder.


Juan Ferrando: We always need to prepare.

The coach’s dissatisfaction with the current win of ATK Mohun Bagan has more to do with losing the sustainability factor with regards to the team than just on the surface level of matters, which is good news, that ATK Mohun Bagan won over Hyderabad. ATK Mohun Bagan remains unbeaten, but no one knows how long this record will last.

Ferrando says that on a specific note, they need to change plans for lineups as well as strategies at times when substitutions greatly cover for the first-tier players, such as their upcoming match affter all the injuries that took place battling it off against Hyderabad.

The team is now preparing for NorthEast United, which should be the team’s focus since they need to top them down. But NorthEast is more then Hyderabad, and they’re going to be highly strategic if they really want to keep up with the team and hopefully win the match. Ferrando is highly looking forward to it.


Takeaway

There’s more to what meets the eye. Football for ATK Mohun Bagan just got a bit of a derailment, causing them to reflect more about their strategies and prepare even more for their upcoming matches, which garner the same standing as they have. The question of whether they’ll be falling down the next time or not depends on so many factors.

For one, there’s a high need to train all the players in ATK Mohun Bagan’s team. They need to improve on a couple of things, including strategy and flexibility, because it seems that when the first-tier players get off-guard and become unable to play, the team suddenly collapses. The need for decentralizing the training as well as the skills that includes all players become a must for ATK Mohun Bagan, as it should’ve been a long time ago anyway.