Reasons why ATK can win the Indian Super League 2019-20
Two-time Indian Super League winners ATK have got off to a solid start in the ongoing sixth edition. The eastern giants lead the proceedings in the league stage after picking up nine points from four matches. The manner in which ATK are going about their business, it is safe to say that they can be title contenders. Here are the reasons why.
Early momentum key in 10-team ISL
After losing the opening game against Kerala Blasters, ATK have got together to stitch three successive victories in ISL 2019-20. They beat Hyderabad 5-0 and outclassed Jamshedpur 3-1 at home. The side also registered a crucial 1-0 win away from home against struggling Chennaiyin FC. With 14 more league games to go for the side, this early momentum can set the base for them.
Three ATK players are joint-most goal-scorers in ISL 2019-20
ATK have scored in every game they have featured so far this season. The side has mustered 10 goals in four matches and this will give them confidence going forward. Three ATK forwards have already amassed the joint-most goals this season (3). Roy Garcia, Edu Garcia and David Williams have scored heavily. This shows that the side isn't reliant on one player.
ATK have a solid defensive structure at place
Any side needs to have its defense in shape and that's where base for victories are created. ATK have a solid defense on offer this season. They have registered two clean sheets up till now, besides shipping in just three goals. Prabir Das has been excellent at the back with 19 tackles. He has made two assists as well. Pritam Kotal has impressed too.
Carl McHugh's presence in mid-field is immense for ATK
ATK have a dream depth in attack and it has been well supported by the mid-field. 26-year-old mid-fielder Carl McHugh has bossed the mid-field for ATK. He has made 152 passes, 14 tackles, 5 interceptions and 13 clearances so far. The Irishman has a goal to his name and will be ATK's key player of the season. He can make the difference.