After storming through the league stage of the tournament, Bengaluru FC started the final as firm favourites in front of its vociferous home support.
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- Sunil Chhetri's hat-trick against FC Pune City in the semifinal made him the first player to score a hat-trick in the playoffs. Chennai's English manager was quick to note his contribution this season, saying, "Between Chhetri (Sunil) and Miku, Bengaluru have scored 27 goals".
The team's still willing to risk the chances of being caught on the counter thanks to how well Dimas Delgado, Erik Paartalu and Lenny Rodriguez have been in soaking up pressure and intercepting passes.
Apart from possessing some top class strikers and effective midfielders, Bengaluru boast of having India's No 1 goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in their ranks. "I still remember lifting the I-League trophy here", said the striker, who seemed relaxed despite questions on form, of Mohun Bagan's league win a few seasons back.
After close to 5 months of non-stop action, the Indian Super League champion will be crowned tonight.
The two-time I-League and two-time Federation Cup champions have proved their mettle in the glitzy ISL too and have one final hurdle to cross before being declared the best in Indian football.
The BFC defenders, throughout the match were found wanting from set-piece situations.
He even had a message for the fans, saying: "We are going to go there and give it our all". In the last five matches, Bengaluru FC won three matches and drawn two games whereas Chennaiyin FC has won two games and drawn three games. "There will be a partisan crowd in there as well", said Gregory adding they're "aware their opponents are not infallible" and they "don't fear anybody". They had a shaky ride throughout the season, and met with 7 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses.