How will Dimitri work with the Mohun Bagan super team? A tactical Analysis

A thread on Dimi and how Juan will use him, by Sayan Ghosh.

The player who doesn't need any introduction to Indian Football fraternity. He took the league by storm in his first season by scoring 13 goals and assisting 7 as Mohun Bagan went on to win the ISL championship and also creating 65+ chances for his teammates to score.
Football is a team sport, but he single-handedly carried Mohun Bagan through out the tournaments either by scoring or assisting or creating chances for his teammates. His individual brilliance, many times proved to be only difference between Bagan and their opponents.
Dimi almost every time stepped up whenever Bagan needed him . No player in ISL 2022-23 comes close to him when their contributions mattered the most for the team , such was his impact.

 He was roped in from Saudi Arabian side Al-Wehda before the 2022-23 as a replacement.
for the outgoing Roy Krishna . Replacing a Player like Roy Krishna , who has been synonymous to scoring goals or winning matches on his own is not an easy task for any player , especially when the incoming player has never played as a number 9 , ever before in his career.
Dimi , totally new to Indian football as well as the position he was going to play , has done an outstanding job in replacing Roy Krishna . Many eyebrows were raised on his arrival at Mohun Bagan , but all of them vanished after the season ends , Dimi was successful.
in turning his doubters into his fans . His sublime dribbling skills mixed with Outrageous finishing and deliveries into the box whether it is from open play or set pieces created havoc among the opponents . His set piece deliveries are treat to eyes. With Cummings and.
Sadiku on our side this term we may see a more dangerous Dimitri petratos leading the Mohun Bagan attacking line. 


He is not typically a classical number 9 but a withdrawal or second striker who likes to drop deep and create play or playing in between the opponent's defensive lines . He has been mostly used as an attacking midfielder or wide Midfielder before making his move to India , where he was shifted to number 9 position , an unusual position for him.

Juan Ferrando was given total freedom before the 2022-23 season for building the team in his way , where he realeased 2 deadly strikers , Roy Krishna and David Williams and opted for a false number 9 strategy upfront with Dimitrios Petratos leading the line.
In the season where almost all Mohunbagan forwards misfired, he was the only one constantly delivering on the pitch . His prolific goal scoring ability was witnessed in kochi where he single handedly destroyed KBFC by scoring a hat-trick in a very difficult away match of the season. He also assisted the Carl McHugh header against Mumbai City fc , he also scored an excellent goal against EMAMI FC. His best performance in Green and Maroon came in the ISL final against BFC , where he took 3 penalties, hit them all in the same direction with same speed and almost samish height, GSS judged all of them right but couldn't stop them from entering the goal such was the accuracy and mental strength of Dimi. He also scored an excellent goal against HFC in AFC Cup preliminary stage qualifiers and took Mohunbagan to the AFC Cup preliminary stages.


Though Dimitri has an excellent eye for an goal , but it is highly unlikely that he will start in that striker position ahead of the likes of Cummings or Sadiku , his playmaking abilities may come in handy for Juan ferrando who would like use him as a attacking playmaker by pairing him up with Hugo boumous or even using him as a withdrawal striker with one star strikers like Cummings or Sadiku. With 6 foreigners allowed In AFC Cup this year , he may be the difference maker in our team . With so many star forwards in our team , though he was the best performer for us last season , he is not guaranteed a place in starting 11 , he still got that ability to come off the bench and change in our favour.
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