AIFF Media Team
NEW DELHI: If there is a singular lesson to be learnt from the myths of lore — or even the myths of the stock market — it is that for every high there is a fall.
It is also a basic rule of physics. One that Shillong Lajong and Delhi FC will be foolish to disregard at their own risk. The two teams finished the previous round as huge victors in key games and will face off to continue a rich vein of form.
It’s tough to say which win was the more impressive. Delhi laid on a masterclass in Aizawl, beating the former I-League champions 5-1 on their home turf. It was a game defined by their ability to switch gears when needed — as they did, going two goals ahead, slowing down, ans then switching up when Aizawl got their lone goal of the game.
As adept as Delhi were at using and benefitting from their Brazilians up front, Lajong were more so. The local nature of the Shillong side often captures not just attention hut also flair. Against Gokulam Kerala though, it was two Brazilians who ran the show, sparking a filled stadium to its feet.
The first loss of the season has left Gokulam in third place looking up at two teams they have yet to play this season. While Mohammedan Sporting continue their unbeaten, impressive start, Sreenidi Deccan have finally worked a way back to winning thrashing TRAU 5-0 after two lacklustre performances in a row. They next play Rajasthan United, a team who have endured three losses already this season, and will, literally, be playing their home fixture on SDFC home turf.
In a league where every result matters, losses start adding up. RUFC are second from bottom, two points ahead of TRAU and one behind NEROCA.
If it is a surprise that the new entrants have been composed and secure in mid table then this is the week to find out the stone they are made of. Inter Kashi play their first home game against Mohammedan in a key fixture for both sides and Namdhari travel to a bruised Aizawl to begin the round six fixtures.