Latin American flair and defensive performances dominate ISL season 3 so far

Sayan Ghosh, New Delhi: The third season of the Indian Super League (ISL) is still in its early stages, but the

Latin American flavour is quite hard to miss.
The first eight matches of the ISL have seen 15 goals being scored and seven of them came from South American footballers. A Brazilian is topping the charts with two Uruguayan footballers being part of the top 5 of the scorers’ chart.
Delhi Dynamos’ Brazilian signing, Marcelo Leite Pereira, announced his arrival in the ISL with a brilliant brace against Chennaiyin FC, while Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro has been a major force for NorthEast United FC.
Diego Forlan , arguably the biggest name in the league this season, has also good runs of form and his goal against NorthEast United FC clinched the top spot for Mumbai. Add FC Goa’s Rafael Coelho Luiz and Mumbai City FC’s Matias Defederico to the list and one can see that Latin Americans are providing the fireworks in the league this year.
Tight defence
The goals have been aplenty in the competition till now, but the team with the best defensive record is currently toping the ISL table. Alexandre Guimaraes’ Mumbai City FC are yet to concede. NorthEast were on top of the table before their loss against Mumbai and they too hadn’t conceded in their first two matches. Their defence was finally breached when Forlan converted a penalty to give Mumbai the victory, but the NorthEast defence has not given away a goal from open play till now.The third-placed Delhi Dynamos have also shown great character while defending and except for Dudu’s consolation goal for Chennaiyin FC, they have been a fortress.
Missing goals
However, it has not been an ideal start for Sachin Tendulkar’s Kerala Blasters and Zico’s FC Goa who are currently the bottom two teams in the tournament.
Kerala Blasters have not scored a single goal in the tournament till now. The lack of a genuine striker up front has been a major concern for the team. The have had only one shot on target in their three matches. Last season’s hero Antonio German’s lack of form has also not helped the cause and with just one point from their three matches, it will be tough for the 2015 semifinalists to find their way back into contention for the playoffs.On the other hand, FC Goa’s strike force has been the most wasteful of the lot after scoring just once from 16 shots on target – the most by any team in the ISL till now. Their attacking brand of football was one of the main reasons behind their brilliant run last season, but this time, it has left them vulnerable to counter attacks which resulted in their losses against NorthEast United FC and FC Pune City.