The 'Spanish ATK' brings the Indian Super League to Agus

ATK became the first team in the history of the Indian Super League (ISL) to win the title three times after defeating Chennaiyin 3-1 in the final played in Goa. The team led by Cordovan Antonio López Habas, who already conquered the tournament in 2014, won thanks to three Spanish goals: Salamanca Javi Hernández He opened the can in the 10th minute and took it upon himself to dispel any hint of rival hope in the discount. Edu García, for his part, he signed 2-0 after the break.

Despite the tranquility that the result may reflect, ATK had to row against the current to achieve the third Super League in its history. Chennaiyin, who went from less to more during the season, had a great meeting and only the Hindu goalkeeper Bhattacharya, who became the protagonist, was able to stop the team led by the former Premier League Owen Coyle. ATK scorers Hernández and García were the starters and played the 90 minutes; Mandi Sosa replaced Krishna at the edge of the break and Víctor Mongil entered the second half.

Spanish plenary session in Calcutta

ATK has won three of the six Super Leagues and all of them came under the baton of a Spanish coach. José Francisco Molina, current sports director of the Spanish Football Federation, lifted the trophy in 2016, when the club was called Atlético Kolkata due to its already prescribed relationship with Atlético de Madrid. Antonio López Habas did the same in 2014, the inaugural season of the ISL, and repeated Alirón in 2020 along with Manuel Cascallana (assistant), Angel Javier Hernandez (goalkeeper coach), Álvaro Ros (physical trainer) and Luis Alfonso Redondo (physiotherapist).

The Spanish soccer players of the team, Edu García, Javi Hernández, Víctor Mongil and Mandi Sosa, dedicated the title to their teammate Agus Garcia, absent for family matters. The Albacete central defender's shirt, captain of the team until he had to return to Spain at the beginning of February, was present in the photo of the initial team and during the tournament. He is also a champion.