Habas: Not a level playing field

The Indian Super League’s clash with the World Cup qualifiers has created a sort of unequal competition, feels Antonio Lopez Habas, the head coach of Atletico de Kolkata.

Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas will be without Rino Anto and Arnab Mondal for the clash against Kerala Blasters   -  ISL SPORTZPICS

The Indian Super League’s clash with the World Cup qualifiers has created a sort of unequal competition, feels Antonio Lopez Habas, the head coach of Atletico de Kolkata.

“Of course, representing the country is the most important thing in football. But now, some teams lose three players, some teams lose one. It’s not good for the competition, it doesn’t make it an equal one,” said the Spaniard.

Defending champions Kolkata, and their opponents on Tuesday Kerala Blasters, will lose two players each for India’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Guam but FC Goa will be without four players and Chennaiyin will be giving away three stars including Jeje Lalpekhlua, the league’s first Indian goal scorer this season, and goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.

Sunil Chhetri’s return from national duty recently, which brought Mumbai City FC three straight wins and carried the Indian striker to the top of the ISL goal-scorers' list with six goals, had given a big push to its campaign while other Indian stars, Delhi Dynamos’ forward Robin Singh and FC Pune City’s midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh had played key roles for their teams in the league.

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