THIS YEAR, FC Pune City put their everything behind their ISL campaign. They underwent a wholesale change in the coaching department, poaching a successful coach from ATK and dependable players from other franchises, even making some very impressive foreign signings of their own. But despite everything, their efforts to reach the ISL semi-finals fell flat for the third time in a row.
The Stallions' troubles started early on. Before the season started they had Bikey and Gudjohnsen injured and in need of being replaced. In a last-minute buy, Sissoko became FC Pune City's new marquee and Bikey's replacement was never found.
Another hassle for Pune was the touchline ban that Coach Habas was to serve for the first four games of the season, a result of his indisciplined actions from last year. Pune did not get off particularly well in the first half of the league stage but a late surge with a couple of decent results gave them hope to breathe life into their rough form.
But in the end, despite Lyngdoh's late addition into their squad, Pune did not have enough in them to get them through to the top four. But despite that, they did put up a fight against the best of them, and quite a few of their players stood out for reasons right and wrong.
In this piece TFG takes a close look at 6 such players.