After a first week of full throttle football, with goals galore, there was a little down spike in the middle, understandably so, with tight fixtures and humid weather taking a toll on the teams. But the conditioning units of the teams have clearly done a good job as the last week saw some exciting matches and good football.A week full of enthralling games and no dearth of goals, the ISL has taken an interesting twist. There has been a lot of movement on the table. A lot of surprises were thrown in as well, the biggest being the defeats of Delhi Dynamos, who were on a 3 game winning streak, and table toppers FC Goa at the hands of Mumbai City FC, who had struggled a lot until this point.A 2-0 win in both games not only did a world of good to them, it opened up the league. FC Goa had earlier gone on top, with a win against a more dominating Kerala Blasters, and still remain there despite the defeat.While Chennaiyin FC remained in the fray with a 2-1 win over fancied FC Pune City, it was NorthEast United, who produced the results of the week, pulling off 2 wins on the trot against strong Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata outfits.A lot of great last ditch defending, methodical midfield play and exciting attacking initiatve was seen. This is our pick for the team of the week (Oct 20-Oct 25) going out in a 4-1-4-1 formation.
TP Rehenesh (NorthEast United)
When a keeper keeps 2 clean sheets against the likes of Chennaiyin FC and Atletico de Kolkata, you don’t need to look beyond him. TP Rehenesh was given the responsibility between sticks by Cesar Farias and the youngster didn’t disappoint.
Rehenesh had a two fantastic outings wherein he kept the likes of Mendoza, Elano, Javi Lara, Hume and Borja Fernandes at bay. A string of wonderful saves across the two games in addition to a confident display in the box ensured NorthEast United came away with two clean sheets.
The goalkeeper ensured that he commanded his box very well and made some very good saves, putting his body on the line, especially against Atletico de Kolkata. After a couple of poor early displays, Rehenesh seems to be back to the form that earned him plaudits last season.