#3 Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC)
Another big name who disappointed in the big game is Bengaluru FC and Indian National Team skipper Sunil Chhetri. The striker failed to find the back of the net and had only two shots on target in both the legs.
With nine goals, Chhetri had been Bengaluru's leading and reliable goal-scoring option this season. Thus, naturally, all the eyes were on the talisman for the ATK clash. However, the 35-year-old had a tough time getting into scoring positions and creating chances for the side.
Chhetri, operating on the left flank, was expected to feed Deshorn Brown with crosses and through balls from the space left behind by ATK's wingbacks. But, the skipper lacked pace and momentum with the ball and was nowhere near his usual best.
In the first-leg too, Chhetri's involvement in the attacks was comparatively limited, which resulted in a below-par attacking display from Bengaluru. Even when the forward got into goal-scoring positions, he was kept away from the ball either by the ATK defenders or his own teammates' disappointing moves.
The semi-final result is a depiction of Bengaluru FC's over-reliance on Chhetri and the need to rope in a backup option for goals.Published 09 Mar 2020, 22:17 IST