Top 5 players to watch out for in the ISL 2015 final

  • Sayan Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2015 23:24 IST
FC Goa will face Chennaiyin FC in the final of ISL 2015 in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday. (ISL Photo)

The battle lines have been drawn and football fans around the country are eagerly waiting for the grand finale of the ISL season 2 as the losing semi-finalists from last season - FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC - face each other at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Sunday.

FC Goa came back from a 3-1 deficit in their semifinal match against Delhi Dynamos, whereas Chennaiyin FC earned a hard-fought 4-2 aggregate win against defending champions Atletico de Kolkata to book their spot in the final.

There have been a number of spectacular performers from both teams over the course of the tournament and here’s a look at the top 5 players to look out for in the ISL final on Sunday.

John Stiven Mendoza Valencia of Chennaiyin FC in action during match 45 of the Indian Super League (ISL) season 2 between Chennaiyin FC and Delhi Dynamos FC. (Photo: ISL/ SPORTZPICS)

Stiven Mendoza (Chennaiyin FC)

The Columbian striker has been an absolute revelation for the Chennai side as he is currently the top scorer of the tournament with 12 goals and will surely be looking to increase his tally against FC Goa. Mendoza has been in brilliant form since joining Chennaiyin FC at the start of the season and will be the man to watch out for in the final.

Reinaldo Da Cruz Oliveria of FC Goa in action against Delhi Dynamos FC during 2nd match of Hero Indian Super League 2015 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. (HT Photo)

Reinaldo Da Cruz Oliveira (FC Goa)

FC Goa have scored the most number of goals in the second season of ISL till now and most of that credit goes to their Brazilian frontman Reinaldo who has scored 7 goals in the competition. The striker has an abundance of big match experience as he was a part of PSG’s Champions League squad in 2004/05 and will surely be a key element in Zico’s plans.

Elano Blumer in action during the second season of the Indian Super League. (PTI Photo)

Elano Blumer (Chennaiyin FC)

The 34-year old midfielder was one of the major factors responsible for Chennai’s brilliant run in the first season and this season has been no different. Elano has scored 4 goals for his side in this season and is currently third with respect to the total number of shots on target by any player.

Romeo Fernandes of FC Goa runs to celebrate a goal during a match of the Hero Indian Super League between FC Goa and North East United FC held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. (Photo: ISL/ SPORTZPICS)

Romeo Fernandes (FC Goa)

The 23-year old winger has made his name in the domestic circuit and his newly earned reputation saw him join Brazilian side Atletico Paranaense on loan, thus becoming the first Indian ever to play for a Brazilian club.The pacey attacker scored two crucial goals for FC Goa in their victory over Delhi Dynamos in the first leg of their semi-final and will be a major figure in the Goa midfield when they face Chennai in the final.

Thoi Singh in action during the second season of the Indian Super League. (ISL Photo)

Thoi Singh (Chennaiyin FC)

The Indian youngster has been phenomenal in this year’s ISL and with 67 tackles to his name, he has established himself as one of the best defenders of the competition. He was instrumental in defending his team’s aggregate lead against Atletico de Kolkata in the second leg of their semi-final match and the team will surely be looking at him for a repeat of that brilliant performance.

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