Jamshedpur FC begin their campaign on 2nd October against Mumbai City FC and would love to extend their brilliant pre-season form in their second season in the Indian Super League. The gaffer, Cesar Ferrando will try and bring in the Spanish influence which has seen a proven success rate in Atletico de Kolkata in their maiden season where likes of Luis García, Jofre Mateu and former Real Madrid player Borja Fernández claimed control over the midfield.
Jamshedpur FC will also try and do something similar, with Marques Aries, Memo and Carlos Calvo working on the midfield and with Tim Cahill out with suspension, Cidoncha would play up front, trying to continue his form from the Atletico Madrid B victory, where his solo runs and commanding presence was a significant addition to the already heavyweight midfield. The right winger tomorrow might be one of Bikas Jairu or Sumeet Passi, though given Passi’s form with his recent call-up for the National Team. Soosairaj has been pretty promising at Chennai FC, with glances of his talent against a well-balanced Minerva Punjab. These two wingers would be integral in making wing runs and in keeping the approach forward.
Jamshedpur FC’s probable formation:
The defence will have the highly experienced Tiri as the leader of Jamshedpur FC’s back four. The former Atletico Madrid B centre-back has been playing in India since 2015 and his experience of being accustomed to the Indian playing conditions would be vital in JFC’s matches in ISL V. He will be assisted by Robin Gurung, who is quite efficient in crucial blocks, having shown that for Shillong Lajong as well as NorthEast United FC previously.
However, Jamshedpur’s defence has two prominent full backs who are experienced enough to assure Jamshedpur has a firm “wall”. Dhanachandra Singh, the two-time Indian Super League Champion along with Raju Gaikwad on the right will assure the flanks are well protected. Raju Gaikwad, a Tata Football Academy graduate will already be habituated with the playing conditions in Jamshedpur and will put in all his experience, having played for I-League giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.
Though last year’s champions Chennaiyin FC and strategically equipped Bengaluru FC will be firm competition to the “Men Of Steel”, a good mix of Indian, as well as Overseas’ stalwarts as well as the experience of Cesar Ferrando, will inspire Jamshedpur FC to go a long way in the Indian Super League.