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Sourav Ganguly ‘clashes’ with Sachin Tendulkar - this is why

Kerala Blasters FC will face Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League 2016 final in Kochi on Sunday. Two cricket legends, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, will be on opposite sides as ISL team owners

football Updated: Dec 17, 2016 12:38 IST
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Kerala Blasters FC and Atletico de Kolkata co-owners Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly will be rivals during the Indian Super League 2016 final in Kochi on Sunday(ISL)

There’s still 24 hours to go before former Indian Super League champions Atletico de Kolkata lock horns with Kerala Blasters in the final of the tournament’s third edition but former India captain Sourav Ganguly has already started the battle off the field.

On being asked what he felt the final outcome would be, Ganguly said: “I will defeat Sachin once again.”

Not known as someone to mince his words, Ganguly also stated that it did take him some time to recognise his team’s players in the second leg of the semifinal in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Coach Jose Molina had changed nine players who took part in the first-leg of the semi-final that Atletico won 3-2 in Kolkata.

Mohammed Rafique of Kerala Blasters FC with coach Steve Coppell during the semi-final 2nd Leg match of the Indian Super League (ISL) season 3 between Delhi Dynamos FC and Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi India on December 14, 2016. (ISL )

In seven outings till date, Kerala Blasters have managed to get the better of the Kolkata outfit just once. It was back in 2014 when goals from Pedro Gusmao and Iain Hume had helped them to edge past the eventual champions 2-1 in the league stages.

In the final, it was a mouth-watering clash off the pitch between Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, the respective owners of the two football clubs.

The match was tied at 0-0 at the end of regulation time, and only took a late stoppage time goal from Mohammed Rafique to settle things down in Atletico’s favour. Rafique now plays for Kerala Blasters.

The red-and-white brigade are the only team in the history of ISL to reach the last four in all three editions and will look to double their silverware when they take on Kerala Blasters on Sunday.

First Published: Dec 17, 2016 11:45 IST