The cover of the match day programme for Bengaluru FC’s second home match of the Indian Super League featured Sunil Chhetri and Co as the heroic Rebel Alliance from the Star Wars universe. The visiting East Bengal players, naturally, were portrayed as the villainous Galactic Empire.
However, had any of Bengaluru’s attackers been a part of the rebellion, they would have surely missed the shot to destroy the Death Star and the Siths would have gone on to rule for millennia.
Sunil Chhetri, the Chosen One, is still strong with the Force chasing lost causes and giving hope to the Bengaluru faithful. But with Han Solo, Chewbacca and Princess Leia unable to support him, Chhetri has often cut a frustrated figure at the top of the Bengaluru attack.
On Friday against East Bengal, Bengaluru succumbed to their third straight loss of the season to leave them ninth in the ISL points table with just four points.
Simon Grayson’s side went into the new ISL season on the back of a first Durand Cup title. With fans once again allowed into the stadiums, expectations from the 2018-’19 champions were high. There was a new hope. However, the pre-season buzz has not translated into results on the pitch.
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