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5 Players who were the biggest disappointments in the semi-finals of ISL 2019-20 

  • While Goa will be moving on with the 'Table Toppers' title, Bengaluru FC will have a lot to think about in the off-season.
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Modified 09 Mar 2020, 22:17 IST

#4 Sumit Rathi (ATK)

Sumit Rathi
Sumit Rathi

Even after sealing a spot in the finals, Antonio Lopez Habas wouldn't be so satisfied with the performance at the back. Sumit Rathi, who was playing on the left side of the back-three, was Bengaluru's opening into the ATK defence in the semi-finals.

Rathi committed himself to a sliding tackle when Ashique Kuruniyan was moving forward with the ball from the back. The BFC winger successfully evaded the challenge and found the back of the net in the fifth minute of the game.

The same was on display numerous times in the first half, as Ashique made use of the space on the flank to enter into the box. Rathi had very little understanding with Michael Soosairaj to cover up the spaces left open during attacks.

Rathi never really posed a challenge for Ashique and was easily beaten by his pace. Deploying a young Rathi alone was a dangerous move from Habas, especially facing Chennaiyin FC's speedy wingers including Lallianzuala Chhangte.

Though the 18-year-old was a much-better performer in the first-leg, succumbing to pressure would be a cause of concern for the defender.

Published 09 Mar 2020, 22:17 IST
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