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ISl 2022-23: Five players Simon Grayson can rely on on Bengaluru’s path to redemption

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ISL 2022-23: Bengaluru FC ISL 2023 LIVE- Bengaluru FC will look to maintain their momentum under coach Simon Grayson in the 2022-23 Indian Super League (ISL) after winning the prestigious Durand Cup and defeating Mumbai City FC in the final. The Blues will now look forward to lifting the ISL 2022-23 trophy with renewed vigor as a result of their victory. Follow Indian Super League and ISL 2022-23 LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN.

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ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

After finishing in mid-table last season, The Blues were determined to make permanent changes. Bengaluru FC finished sixth in the Indian Super League last season and were in contention for the play-offs until the final matchweek. Despite accumulating 29 points from 8 wins and 3 draws, it was deemed insufficient.

ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

In an attempt to do so, Bengaluru FC hired Simon Grayson as coach, replacing Marco Pezzaouli. Sunil Chhetri and his teammates were successfully led to the Durand Cup trophy by Simon Grayson. The silverware finally ended the drought for the Blues, who can now claim to be India’s only club to have won all the major club trophies.

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ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

Bengaluru FC achieved an admirable feat when they signed prolific striker Roy Krishna shortly after acquiring defenders Alexander Jovanovic and Javi Hernandez. Adding these two to the already qualified players like Prince Ibara, Bruno Ramires and Durand Cup hero Alan Costa.

The Blues also have a talented and agile yet classy Indian contingent which includes players like Siva Shakti, Roshan, Udanta, Rohit Kumar and Leon Augustine. After his appearances in the Next Gen Cup in England and the Durand Cup, Siva had already established himself as a featured striker.

ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

Having said that, let’s take a look at the players coach Simon Grayson can bank on to keep the momentum going:

Sunil Chhetri

The majestic skipper for India as well as the Blues will always be a phenomenon to watch out for. After his release from Sporting CP, Chhetri signed with new I-League side Bengaluru, coming straight into the 2013–14 season on 19 July 2013. He made his debut for the club on 22 September 2013 against Mohun Bagan, who came on as a 46th minute substitute for Beikhokhei Beingaichho in Bengaluru’s 1–1 draw.

Chhetri then scored his first goal for the team in the following match against Rangdajied United, scoring in the 67th minute as Bengaluru won 3–0. Chhetri was loaned to Bengaluru from Mumbai City for the 2015–16 I-League season where he scored 5 goals and helped his team win the league title for the second time in three years.

ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru's path to redemption - Check Out
ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

Bengaluru announced on 9 June 2016 that Chhetri had signed a one-year contract with the club, returning his ownership rights to the club from Mumbai City. During the 2017–18 Indian Super League season, he scored 14 goals for the club, making him the league’s top Indian goalscorer. He was also Bengaluru’s second highest scorer in the league and was named the League’s hero. Chhetri won the Indian Super Cup with Bengaluru FC in 2018. He was Bengaluru’s top scorer in the Indian Super League in the 2018–19 season, scoring 9 goals and helping the team win the title. On 15 February 2021, Chhetri became the first Bengaluru FC player to appear in 200 matches.

He scored his 100th goal for Bengaluru FC against Jamshedpur FC in the last league match of the 2020–21 Indian Super League season. Chhetri signed a two-year contract extension until 2023, it was announced on 20 June. With the team he won the Durand Cup in 2022.

Roy Krishna

The Fijian international recently moved from ATK Mohun Bagan to Bengaluru FC. The 34-year-old has already established himself as a fixture in the ISL over the last three seasons and could become an important investment for the Blues.
Throughout his career, Krishna has held a number of frontline positions. He can play as a wide forward, winger or ideally as a center forward. The former Wellington Phoenix midfielder’s deft positioning inside the box makes him a dangerous threat. Even with fewer games last season, Krishna scored seven goals and assisted four times in 16 appearances.

ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Gurpreet moved to Bengaluru from Stabæk in August 2017 for an undisclosed fee. He made his Bengaluru debut on 25 April in an AFC Cup knockout stage match and kept a clean sheet in his league debut against Mumbai City. Sandhu was instrumental in Bengaluru’s run to the Indian Super League final against Chennaiyin FC in the 2017–18 season. Gurpreet kept seven clean sheets during the season and the following season after being extended and he won the ISL trophy in 2018-19. Sandhu won the Golden Glove in the 2019–20 season for keeping 11 clean sheets, more than any other goalkeeper in that season.

ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru's path to redemption - Check Out
ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

Gurpreet became Bengaluru’s vice-captain in the 2021–22 season after Dimas left the team at the end of the 2020–21 season. Gurpreet led the team in an AFC Cup match against Maziya, which they won 6–2, and then again in the ISL when captain Sunil Chhetri was on the bench. Despite conceding 22 goals last season, Sandhu kept three clean sheets with 33 saves at a percentage of 60.

ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

Javi Hernadez

Many questioned Javi Hernandez’s credentials after his last season with ATK Mohun Bagan. The Spanish maestro, on the other hand, returned to his creative best with Odisha FC in the 2021-22 season.

His time with Kalinga Warriors started well, with the Spaniard scoring twice against Bengaluru FC in their first ISL match. In the very next match, he scored an Olimpico and recorded two assists against East Bengal to continue his impressive start. Despite Odisha’s poor performance, Hernandez finished the campaign with six goals and five assists. In the previous season, the Spanish maestro averaged 1.6 key passes per game. match and more than 45 touches per 90 minutes. Each game, Hernandez completed 1.9 successful dribbles, demonstrating his ability to carry the ball into the final third.

Simon Grayson has historically preferred the 3-5-2 formation. Javi has a natural No. 10 role behind the two strikers in this formation. Due to his position, the Spaniard will be able to drop between the lines and supply the attackers with his accurate passing.

Sandesh Jhingan

Jhingan, who most recently played for fellow ISL side ATK Mohun Bagan, has been enjoying himself with the club. He joined the team ahead of the 2020–21 season and played an important role in the back three.
The team finished second in the table, behind eventual League Shield winners Mumbai City FC, and were defeated by the Islanders in the ISL final.

ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru's path to redemption - Check Out
ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

The 29-year-old centre-back joined HNK Sibenik in Croatia ahead of the 2021-22 season. Jhingan did not appear for the club due to injuries. He then returned to ATK Mohun Bagan in January as the team was dealing with injuries and a dip in form. His addition to Juan Ferrando’s squad strengthened the backline and helped the team qualify for the playoffs. In the process, he only appeared in 9 games. Jhingan maintained a passing accuracy of 85% while making 25 crucial tackles to keep the threat at bay. He had a total of 30 permits.

After a five-year absence, the India international defender has returned to Bengaluru FC. During his first stint with the Blues, he was on loan from Kerala Blasters FC. During his time with the club, Jhingan appeared in 18 matches and scored one goal.

ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

Although Bengaluru FC possess players who can produce some good results even with different combinations owned by their talents and skills, we here at InsideSport.IN picked how we think Bengaluru Fc should line up to dominate the matches as they intend.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Goalkeeper); Prabir Das, Parag Shrivas, Sandesh Jhingan, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Roshan Singh; Bruno Ramires, Jayesh Rane, Javi Hernandez, Roy Krishna, Sunil Chhetri.

ISl 2022-23: From Roy Krishna to Sunil Chhetri, five players Simon Grayson can trust on Bengaluru’s path to redemption – Check Out

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