Bengaluru FC wanted to create history of winning Indian Super League in their debut season as they did in 2013/14 I-league debut season. The Super Machans had every right to lift the trophy if it would have been an official league where the winners are decided by finishing at top of the table on the last match day, but ISL format involves semifinal playoff between the top four teams. They had a bad day in the business in final against Chennaiyin at their very own Kanteerava stadium as they failed to make history.
— jeje lalpekhlua (@jejefanai) March 17, 2018
Sunil Chhetri gave a superb start to the hosts with an early goal but Mailson Alves scored twice for Chennaiyin in reply from set pieces. Super Machans failed to react in normal time and Raphael Augusto added another one for Chennai in second half to make it 3-1. It was Miku who helped Machans to fight back in injury time added minutes, but it was too late to make an impression.
Bengaluru loses 3-2 at their home ground which helped Chennaiyin to lift the trophy for second time in Hero India Super League. They join ATK as twice ISL winner team which left Bengaluru coach Alberto Roca fuming over tournament structure.
He said in his post match press conference, “The tournament is like it is and we cannot change that. It is not for me to say that is fair or not. It is for you to say as a journalist.”
He praised his players for their effort. He adds, “Everybody knows we finished first, eight points above Chennaiyin. We are human beings, the players did an incredible job. I am sad for them and the fans, but that’s football.”